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Vehicle hits pedestrian at RDU

Posted June 18, 2012
Updated June 19, 2012

— A driver hit a pedestrian outside the baggage claim at Raleigh-Durham International Airport Monday evening.

Airport spokeswoman Mindy Hamlin said that two other people were injured as they tried to get out of the way of the vehicle, which also hit three signs outside Terminal 2 around 7 p.m. The person struck by the vehicle was taken to WakeMed, while the two others were treated at the scene.

RDU police cited Christopher Dashawn Mazyck, 20, of Durham, with a safe movement violation.


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  • jjsmith1973 Jun 20, 2012


    Unless there is a posted yield sing to the entry ramp of the highway. Those are called acceleration lanes. The car isn't to yeild at all. It is to match the speed of highway traffic and then merge as to not impede flow. You as a driver already on the highway, such as 440 are to maintain your speed. While the acceleration lane(on ramp) are to match your speed and merge in. If you slow down or speed up on 440 that makes it difficult for people to enter the highway. Even more so in some states, such as my home state people are even polite enough to change lanes to allow you an easier safer merge.

  • jreesnc Jun 19, 2012

    Bartmeister, it is people with attitudes like yours regarding parking lots that made me carry my children when walking in parking lots or holding their hands with a death grip once they got older.

    The entire parking lot is a mixed pedestrian / vehicle area, and whether you like it or not, the car must yield. What is your problem, hurry. It is a parking lot, not a roadway.

  • CestLaVie Jun 19, 2012

    Moriahe: "American drivers generally ignore their duty to yield..." to pedestrians OR vehicles....period.

    EVERY day when on I-440 West on my way to the 64/264 bypass exit just past New Bern Avenue, and in the right lane for this exit, traffic entering on the I-440 ramp from 64 Business always come barreling down that ramp lane with NNNNOOOOOOO yielding done to the cars on I-440.

    I also see this on the entrance ramp from Saunders north onto I-440 East. NNNNOOOOO yielding is done to those cars with the right-of-way that have turned left & already entered from Saunders south.

    Ditto for heading on I-440 west & in the right-hand lane for upcoming exit to Saunders north. Traffic entering on the ramp for I-440 West from Hammond Rd like to bear down on you, making a driver feel like they're playing chicken & see who's going to yield.


  • ncsuwx Jun 19, 2012

    "Bear in mind a lot of visitors to RDU come from other places in the world where crosswalks are respected. "

    Bear in mind these people were on a sidewalk where pedestrians should be and this vehicle ran up on the curb before running them over.

  • simplelogic Jun 19, 2012

    "i will remind you all again, the SUV jumped the curve."

    All by itself? Amazing. BTW, that's "curb".

  • IzzMad2016 Jun 19, 2012

    "the SUV jumped the curve"

    Or curb

  • IzzMad2016 Jun 19, 2012

    If he made a "safe movement" why is that a violation andy charge him at all? Now had he made an "unsafe movement" I'd understand........juss' sayin'

  • Bartmeister Jun 19, 2012

    And while I'm at it, STOP using the entire parking lot as a sidewalk. Pedestrians are given the right a way in cross walks, and should be, but not everywhere. Let's see how the "right a way" feels laid up in the hospital. People at Walmarts dare you to hit them. They stare you down. Well, I stare back and don't slow much.

  • mpheels Jun 19, 2012

    A awful lot of assumptions here. I read the N&O report of this incident, which has more details. The driver failed to put the parking brake on, and left the vehicle. When the vehicle started rolling away, he jumped in and tried to stop it, but hit the gas instead of the brake. As hdlnfo has said twice now, the vehicle jumped the curb. Those pesky pedestrians, always feeling entitled to stand on the sidewalk!

  • Bartmeister Jun 19, 2012

    Pedestrian has the right..........bump..... Oh well, so much for that. This may not be the case, but who here is tired of pedestrians walking out in front of you while driving? There is a misconception that the pedestrian has the right of way ALL of the time. Ain't so. I know these peeps were probably in the walk way, but betcha next time they won't be so brazen to step out there....