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Smithfield man charged in hit-and-run

Posted July 27, 2015

John Stanley Creech

— A Smithfield man has been charged with running over a man in the parking lot of a bar early Sunday.

John Stanley Creech, 22, was charged Monday with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, felony hit-and-run and driving while impaired.

Investigators said Creech backed his 2005 Toyota Scion into another vehicle outside Plan B Bar, at 519 W. Market St., and then ran over Bryan Michael Gray as Gray tried to stop the Scion from leaving the scene.

Police later found Creech at a friend's house.

Gray, 32, of Four Oaks, remained hospitalized Monday in critical condition, police said.


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  • John Banks Jul 27, 2015
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    Because of how lax our drunk driving penalties are in the state, people will continue to be injured or killed by these people. Why do they care if they get caught being drunk behind the wheel??? All they usually get is a small fine, a slap on the hand and told NOT to do it again. It should be... First offense: $5000.00 fine. Second offense: $5000.00 fine and 6 months in jail. Third offense: $10,000.00 fine and 5 years in prison.

  • Anita Lambert Hawley Jul 27, 2015
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    I have no sympathy at all for for hit and run drivers. My son was killed 4 years ago in a hit and run in Sampson County and his killer has never been found. People take responsibility for your actions rather than take the cowards way out! Sending prayers to Mr. Gray. Hope he has a complete recovery.