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Trooper struck by truck in Garner

Posted January 20, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

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— A state trooper was injured Monday morning while helping a stranded motorist change a tire, the North Carolina Highway Patrol said.

A black Dodge Ram pickup truck struck Sgt. Gerry Mouzon, 49, and his cruiser at about 10:30 a.m. near U.S. Highway 50 and Timber Drive in Garner, Patrol spokesman Capt. Everett Clendenin said.

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Mouzon was taken to WakeMed with serious bruises but no broken bones. He was treated and released from the hospital later Tuesday.

"He's always been known as a hard worker, dedicated trooper, and it didn't surprise any of us that he was trying to help someone out there on the highway today," Clendenin said. "He was passing by and saw somebody that needed help, and he stopped."

The truck's driver said he was traveling in the opposite direction of where the car was when he lost control of his vehicle, overcorrected and hit the gas instead of the brake.

Garner police are handling the investigation, and charges are have not been ruled out.

Mouzon, who has been with the Highway Patrol since 1983, has expressed a desire to retire this spring, Clendenin said.

Another state trooper was also involved in a weather-related wreck Tuesday, but he was not injured. Master Trooper J.C. Manning was investigating an accident on Interstate 40 in Wake County when another driver lost control and struck him from behind.

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  • davidgnews Jan 21, 2009

    Glad the trooper is ok.

    The reporter's 'interrogation' of the person at fault was not impressive in the least.

  • leo-nc Jan 20, 2009

    He'll probably get a charge of exceeding safe speed, or left of center. Since it's obvious that he went left of center, that's the one I personally would pick.

  • d1mike41 Jan 20, 2009

    I hope they charge the driver. I had a person in a van cross into oncoming traffic on a two lane road to pass me this morning because I was doing 25 mph and he wanted to go faster. Some folks should not be driving in winter weather.

  • leo-nc Jan 20, 2009

    Nah, you don't need to keep going because they won't get it anyway.

  • thedezsos1 Jan 20, 2009

    Best wishes Sgt....I'm at home for a few weeks after getting crunched myself at a wreck scene last week...people PLEASE pay attention to your driving

  • Common Sense Man Jan 20, 2009

    "Anyone with any commone sense would not have a comment to make after experiencing an accident, much less when it involved a law enforcement officer."

    If he had common sense he wouldn't have let his vehicle get out of control. If he had common sense he wouldn't have hit the gas. If he had common sense he wouldn't have gone across the road and hit the Trooper. Should I keep going?

  • momasheri Jan 20, 2009

    I watched this story on the 5:00 news.. I wish speedy recovery to the officer involved. I thought the reporter trying to get a comment from the driver of the vehicle that struck the officer was out of line. Anyone with any commone sense would not have a comment to make after experiencing an accident, much less when it involved a law enforcement officer. Stick to reporting and leave and leave out the ridiculous questioning.

  • any1butcarolina0405 Jan 20, 2009

    What the driver meant to say is that he was driving by and saw the trooper, and instead of focusing on the road he was too busy rubber necking then he lost control and yadda yadda yadda. Thank goodness the trooper is "OK".

  • lorivalentine1 Jan 20, 2009

    People here do not know how to drive!! This morning some on in an SUV decided to cut off a bus (I was behind the bus)and the bus fishtailed in order to not hit the SUV.. I had to wonder what in the world the driver of the SUV was thinking.
    People need to slow down and be thoughtful of thier actions.

  • bronzegoddess40 Jan 20, 2009

    I wish him a quick and full recovery.

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