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  • pappy1 Jan 31, 11:14 a.m.

    Just a note to Thermoplastic Man - television 'news' is the worst form of reporting. Everything has to be condensed into a 30-second to two-minute script with a sound bite or two weaved in. There is no time for actual in-depth newsgathering or fact-checking, as the assignments editor pushes his or her crews to get out there and get on camera running from location to location. This is really compounded when the station's ownership and newsroom staff is coated in organizational bias.

  • pappy1 Jan 31, 11:08 a.m.

    A hit and run, is a hit and run.

  • Thermoplastic Man Jan 31, 8:53 a.m.

    How interesting. In this exact same type of story, http://www.wral.com/clayton-police-seek-truck-that-hit-pedestrian-late-thursday/11628900/ and subsequent reports concerning it, WRAL failed to mention several pertinent facts: The DRIVER was going the speed limit, the “victim” was drunk and actually sitting ON the roadway in the dark, the “victim” has a long history of this behavior and is well known by the police for doing it often. This was all public record. In the news reports they painted Mr. Clark as a “good” guy! How interesting that WRAL will print this story in a way that attempts to gain sympathy for the driver, and in the story of Mr. Clark, they paint him as a saint who did nothing wrong, while, in fact, the driver was just some guy driving home who had no idea that he had hit someone. Mr. Clark was “suspected” of intoxication, and sleeping in the road, and then fell into the trailer. How do I know? Because I AM that driver! WRAL is not worthy of being calle

  • ginufine3011 Jan 31, 8:52 a.m.

    Regardless of right-of-way, motorists and bicyclists must exercise caution to avoid colliding with pedestrians on the roadway, and must sound a horn to warn pedestrians, when necessary. - Rolling Along

    You mean to tell me every time I see a pedestrian approaching a crosswalk, I have to slow down and blow the horn? I have the green light in a 45mph zone...the pedestrians doesn't have the right of way, if the signal said DON'T WALK. In a 25mph zone, there are crosswalks all over, so you have to stop for pedestrians approaching crosswalks, by STATE LAW. Imagine if every motorist that approached a crosswalk like that...there would be a whole lot of cars rear ending each other. IMO, they both broke the LAWS.

  • Rolling Along Jan 30, 6:35 p.m.

    Regardless of right-of-way, motorists and bicyclists
    must exercise caution to avoid colliding with
    pedestrians on the roadway, and must sound a
    horn to warn pedestrians, when necessary. Vehicle
    operators must also exercise caution when observing
    any child or apparently incapacitated person in the
    roadway. [§20-174(e)]

  • ttomalee Jan 30, 5:50 p.m.

    As soon as she decided to drive away it turned from hit-and run into attempted murder.

  • camperzsale Jan 30, 4:27 p.m.

    According to what report? Her self-report? "Yes officer I was looking at my speedometer and I swear I was only going 41 when I ran over that speed bump."

    Most people don't even notice these stories. I believe they used the "black box recorder" in her car. The are called "Event Data Recorders" Most cars have them these days and people are not even aware they have them or that it will be used against you.
    And no, you cannot disable it. It is usually under your front seat. All they have to do is plug into it and download the info. It preserves the last 5-10 seconds in a loop. Tells them how fast youwere going, seatbelts on/off etc...

  • Barfly Jan 30, 4:00 p.m.

    So what? Is WRAL going to issue an apology?

  • 42ITUS Jan 30, 3:15 p.m.

    According to what report? Her self-report? "Yes officer I was looking at my speedometer and I swear I was only going 41 when I ran over that speed bump."

  • CarolinianByChoice Jan 30, 3:01 p.m.

    Thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Hemingway for a complete recovery.

    Delores Watts learned a hard lesson to ask to see someone’s license before loaning out her car. Problem is, how many of us DO ask? We usually trust someone we are going to let drive our cars! Unfortunately, her insurance company has probably already cancelled her policy.

    Now onto Ms. McDade:
    She was driving while her license was revoked (would be interesting to find out WHY her license was revoked). If she had not been committing that illegal act she would not have been on the road and would not have hit Mr. Hemingway. She did not yield the right of way to a pedestrian (which the NC Driving Handbook states the driver of a vehicle MUST do, even if the pedestrian is crossing against a signal). She fled the scene, leaving that poor man lying in the road to die, how completely heartless can one person be? She tried to cover up her crime by hiding the car.

    NO SYMPATHY, THROW THE BOOK AT HER!

  • Bewitched Jan 30, 2:45 p.m.

    Who cares that she wasn't breaking the speed limit, she certainly broke plenty of OTHER laws. :\

  • CarolinianByChoice Jan 30, 2:10 p.m.

    michaelphillipssdk, you need to check the NC Driver's handbook . .while pedestrians are required to follow traffic signals, they still have the right of way when they cross against a signal.

    And she wasn't just driving without a license, her license had been REVOKED - there is a BIG difference!

  • jhk0704 Jan 30, 1:37 p.m.

    Moral of the story. Dont cross the road at night when your not supposed to if the do not cross sign is obeyed this never happens and if you do just insist on crossing when your not supposed to it might be a good idea to watch for oncoming traffic.

  • TiminNCisBack Jan 30, 12:42 p.m.

    Another great headline National Enquirer, I feel sooo much better to know she was going 4 miles per hour under the speed limit. That will certainly make the family feel better too.

  • babedan Jan 30, 12:17 p.m.

    OGE, if she had not been behind the wheel of a car illegally, then he wouldn't have been hit, Ever thought about that aspect? It was her fault period, unless he stepped directly in front of her, which by accounts didn't happen. She did nothing to avoid the collision nor did she stop to assist afterwards.

  • ncdime1235 Jan 30, 12:08 p.m.

    I live near New Bern Ave and it amazes me how many people, usually wearing all dark clothes at night, are walking slowly in the street. I'm not surprised to hear of someone getting hit, but I am shocked at how anyone can leave someone lying in the road injured. Why compound your charges with a felony hit and run? Call 911, get the man some help, and get your ticket for driving without a license, which is, by the way, not a felony.

  • OGE Jan 30, 10:43 a.m.

    It doesn't matter if she was going 20 MPH she hit someone and then left the scene. Not only that but her license was suspended and she shouldn't have been in the car in the first place. Of Course we all know now that a life in a hit and run accident is only worth 6 months to 17 months, and that is for someone who doesn't have a license. Don't believe me ask Superior Court Judge Winston Gilchrist, that was his sentence for killing a 5 year old after passing a stopped school bus and driving with no license.
    babedan

    Considering he was more than likely J Walking... the accident is as much his fault as hers. Does the area this happened in surprise anyone either? I drive down New Bern Ave on a regular basis and people are ALWAYS crossing where there isn't a cross walk. Survival of the fittest they figure I guess?

  • airbornemonty Jan 30, 10:03 a.m.

    We blame the mamby-pamby judges for making poor judgements but frankly we should blame ourselves, we continue to vote them into office and when they show their yellow streak we complain, than we forget about incident.

  • rachel Jan 30, 10:03 a.m.

    there is a reason there is a cross/don't cross function on lights etc. Yes, its very easy to say its all her fault for not having her little credit card of a license-but-going under the speed limit and the pedestrian was crossing against the do not cross signal and its all her fault? Hardly-she is guilty of contempt of life for fleeing the scene-as for him-ever heard of jay walking? Its illegal too. I do hope he gets better.

  • babedan Jan 30, 9:37 a.m.

    Maybe her lawyer can get Superior Court Judge Winston Gilchrist to hear her case. He can state she didn't see then individual and didn't realize that hole in her windshield was caused by an individual. I'm sure if the man doesn't die the Judge will let her off with a warning and probably reissue her license so she can't be charged with driving without a license again. After all the Judge doesn't believe a life is worth very much.

  • babedan Jan 30, 9:31 a.m.

    It doesn't matter if she was going 20 MPH she hit someone and then left the scene. Not only that but her license was suspended and she shouldn't have been in the car in the first place. Of Course we all know now that a life in a hit and run accident is only worth 6 months to 17 months, and that is for someone who doesn't have a license. Don't believe me ask Superior Court Judge Winston Gilchrist, that was his sentence for killing a 5 year old after passing a stopped school bus and driving with no license.

  • Nancy Jan 30, 8:41 a.m.

    Felony hit and run. Happened to my son, broad daylight. They always run when they have something to hide.

  • lisajeangosselin Jan 30, 8:29 a.m.

    She should have stayed at the scene, called 911, and taken her medicine for driving without a license. But sadly, certain types of people don't think, they only act.

  • Barfly Jan 30, 8:15 a.m.

    Great, she wasn't speeding. It doesn't excuse fleeing the scene, hiding the car, and being indignant when confronted with her actions.

    She wouldn't have been charged with anything if she had stopped and had a valid drivers license.

    Since when is it unprofessional for a magistrate to ask the defendant a question? I'm sure a defendant needs to understand what they're being charged with. Of course, we want to make sure she's the victim instead of the guy she hit.

    She left a man on the side of the road to die like a dog.

  • Disabled Vet Jan 30, 8:10 a.m.

    41 or 71. It really doesn't matter hoe Fayt or slow she was going! She knowingly hit a pedestrian and chose to leave him there to die! Judging by the expression on her face, she looks like she could care less that she just seriously injured someone!

  • OneLove Jan 30, 8:09 a.m.

    This story is written to give sympathy to her, because she was going under the limit & he walked when he shouldn't. REMEMBER: The HIT part is not the issue..........The RUN part is HORRIBLE. And she obviously had NO REGARD for that human life.

  • michaelphillipssdk Jan 30, 8:05 a.m.

    Wow. If she had just stayed at the scene, she might have only faced the driving without a license. Too many pedestrians think they constantly have the right-of-way against cars, which is absolutely not true. Unless you're in a designated crossing area and the LED sign indicates you can cross (if applicable), you better stay on the sidewalk!

  • Scubagirl Jan 29, 7:50 p.m.

    So, that should NOT matter. She hit him, left him lying in the street.......

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