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Troopers: Road Rage Causes Wreck; 4 Kids Injured

Posted February 17, 2008

Traffic Accident (generic)

— Road rage caused a wreck that injured four children in Sampson County Friday afternoon, state troopers said.

A sport-utility vehicle passed a passenger car traveling east on N.C. Highway 24, near Peavine Road, around 3:30 p.m.

That enraged the driver of the car, state Trooper H.G. Lewis said. The car driver rammed and then sideswiped the SUV, causing it to run off the road.

Four children in the SUV were treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a local hospital.

One child's injuries were severe enough to require treatment at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, Lewis said. That child is expected to be released from the hospital Tuesday.

A child in the passenger car was uninjured.

Troopers charged the car driver with careless and reckless and aggressive driving. He was cited and released.

The driver's court date is pending while Lewis presents evidence to the Sampson County district attorney to determine if additional charges should be filed. The district attorney will consider if the driver should face child abuse charges.

Authorities withheld the identities of those involved in the accident while the investigation continued.


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  • Adelinthe Feb 18, 2008

    "The SUV driver was more than likely yapping on the phone, not paying attention, and whatever else morons like that do."

    YOU DON'T KNOW THAT - and gossipping and guessing has no value.

    Spend some time on something that does.

    Praying for ya.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Feb 18, 2008

    "I will ride in whatever lane I see fit"

    Even if it breaks a law (if you aren't passing something, you must be in the right hand lane) - go figure.

    Praying for you.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Feb 18, 2008

    "I have a feeling they are both at fault if I had to guess."

    Uhhh - the one in the passenger car chased down the one in the SUV. That placed the blame on the driver in the passenger car who should just have let things go - especially with a child in his own car.

    Praying for the child of this brute.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • ImBored Feb 18, 2008

    Falling Down was a great movie

  • boingc Feb 18, 2008


    You are the cause of road rage. It's that simple. You are the driver that angers the rest of us. Does it make you feel like a big, bad man? Is this how you take out your frustration? You think you own the road? Just move over. Get out of the left lane and let others pass you. It doesn't matter if you think they're going to fast. I'm going to pass you one way or another. Why don't you just move over? If you make me pass you on the right I'm going to cut you off. On purpose. Then, I'm gonna turn my right blinker on and, guess what, move RIGHT!!!

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  • BigUNCFan Feb 18, 2008

    "There is no reason to play 'police officer' (it's illegal, for one thing), "

    You never watched Andy Griffith's Citizen's Arrrrest episode?

  • zombieskull Feb 18, 2008

    mt1190: "Stop making up reasons for you to be able to speed."

    Epic reading comprehension failure. You do not understand what I wrote -- your insinuation is wrong. You will only rarely encounter someone speeding who is going to an emergency, but YOU JUST DON'T KNOW IN WHICH CAR THAT PERSON IS, so treat EVERYONE kindly.

    There is no reason to play 'police officer' (it's illegal, for one thing), whether a person is speeding because they have an emergency or if they are speeding because they are a jerk. IF YOU ARE BLOCKING SOMEONE FROM SPEEDING, YOU ARE JUST AS MUCH OF A JERK AS THEY ARE. Don't you see that?????? You're going to have an emergency some day -- you wouldn't want a 'road vigilante' like yourself illegally blocking you.


    You stop making up reasons for you to drive like a selfish, aggressive person.

  • BigUNCFan Feb 18, 2008

    Around here it is so hard to always stay in the right lane especially on the beltline

    1) you get hung up with all of the exiting people onto the highway if you stay there so you have to at least be in the middle lane even if you are going speed limit

    2) there are so many times all over the triangle where the daggum right lane becomes turn right only or just ends and you have to move over. It is unbelievable how much that happens so on regular 2-3 lane street you have to be left or middle just to avoid that stuff.

    I agree on big highways don't clog the left and I really follow that one strictly unless passing and getting back right but on the beltline or city streets, I do center or left depending on 2 or 3 lanes for the streets.

  • BigUNCFan Feb 18, 2008

    I loved the episode of Breaking Bad last night on AMC where there was this jerk in a BMW riding around town talking in his blue tooth earpiece phone tell people to get out of the way, etc. and almost running over a dude at a gas station.

    The main character at the end of the show sees the guy go into a gas station to pay for gas and then he goes over and opens the hood and puts the squeegie on the battery which connects the two posts and causes a spark fire and then the car bursts into flames.

    No one was watching and the main character (who has lung cancer and has nothing to lose, walks quietly to his car and drives off when the Beamer burns and the guy sees it and runs out of the gas station screaming).

    Not advocating this behaviour by any means but it was funny to see the jerk get some bad karma. I am sure we have all seen these kinds of folks who think they are more important than the rest of the world.

    Breaking Bad is a really interesting new show.