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Troopers seek hit-and-run driver; victim seriously injured

Posted December 27, 2009

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— A Raleigh man who was the victim of a hit-and-run crash early Sunday was in serious condition at WakeMed with a fractured neck, according to troopers who said they are trying to find the other driver.

Jimmy Lee Brown, 49, was driving a Geo Prism about 65 mph on Interstate 40 East near Harrison Avenue when a silver Lexus going more than 90 mph crashed into the back of him, causing Brown's car to spin and hit the median guard rail, authorities said.

Both vehicles came to rest about 580 feet down the road, east of where the collision happened.

The driver of the Lexus fled the scene before troopers could get there, and authorities said they believe someone picked up the driver. Troopers don't have an ID or description of the driver. However, they have registration from the vehicle. Charges are pending.

No other information was released.

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  • shell24 Dec 29, 2009

    Jimmy is a good friend of my husband and I hope they find the person responsible and bring them to justice....last we heard there have been no changes...my prayers to his family and friends...and my husband....this is hard to deal with anytime but especially during the holidays!!!

  • BuggerOff Dec 28, 2009

    I'm wondering why no one, including WRAL, isn't reporting anything about the fatality that was the result (of yet another) high speed chase with the NCSHP over the weekend.

  • Vietnam Vet Dec 28, 2009

    Trouble is unless LE can place the registered owner(s) in the vehicle at the time the accident occured there is no case. What if the car was stolen?

  • R_U_breakdance fighting Dec 28, 2009

    I wonder if the other car was stolen

  • fishon Dec 28, 2009

    "If the have the name of the individual to whom the car was registered, why isn't HP releasing the name of that individual?

    Just wondering why we have names and photos of others wanted in connection with shootings of police or at a Rocky Mount Mall and not the name and photo to go along with this incident?

  • leo-nc Dec 28, 2009

    "If the have the name of the individual to whom the car was registered, why isn't HP releasing the name of that individual? That is, unless there is evidence the car was stolen."---

    Why would they? The investigation is ongoing, so if they have the information, there is no need to release it to the public. It's not like they are just sitting around doing nothing.

  • colliedave Dec 28, 2009

    If the have the name of the individual to whom the car was registered, why isn't HP releasing the name of that individual? That is, unless there is evidence the car was stolen.

  • itsnews2me Dec 28, 2009

    I'm sure the driver of the Lexus was in a hurry and had someplace important to them to be, and just didn't have the time to deal with all that accident report mumbo jumbo. Its such an inconvenience when you're in a hurry. Besides, that's what hospitals and ambulances are for, they handle all that.

  • LocalYokel Dec 28, 2009

    correction: I meant to say 'wreck' instead of 'accident'.

  • LocalYokel Dec 28, 2009

    yeah swtpea44, I hope they find the bad driver who is directly responsible for this heinous crime. Indirectly responsible for this accident is NC's lax law enforcement and lax prosecution of traffic crimes. NC is soft on traffic crime. Bad drivers are usually not caught or fully prosecuted and continue to cause a lot of grief. Aggressive driving is rampant here and it affects us all. When will you or your family be affected by bad drivers? It doesn't have to be this way...

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