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Wayne County deputy, another driver injured in crash

Posted December 30, 2009

— A Wayne County deputy and another driver were injured in a crash in the 3300 block of U.S. Highway 117 Alternate around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to Highway Patrol officials.

Susan Pope Walston, 50, was driving a Dodge pickup truck on Woodview Drive and pulled out in front of Deputy Daniel Truhan's 2009 Ford Crown Victoria, authorities said.

Truhan, 47, had his emergency equipment activated and was responding to a wreck on Pikeville-Princeton Road near North West Elementary School, officials said.

Truhan suffered a broken leg and a broken arm. He was being treated at Wayne Memorial Hospital, officials said. Walston sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was treated at Pitt Memorial Hospital.

Walston told troopers she did not see the deputy coming. She was charged with failure to yield the right of way.

Alcohol and speed were not factors in the crash, authorities said. Both drivers were wearing their seat belts, and both vehicles were destroyed in the crash, officials said.


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  • sarahhodgin Dec 31, 2009

    I was very shocked when I heard about it. She is my moms best friend so we heard about it really quick.She is at pit memorial hospital and she was in a lot of pain.The last we heard from the family is that she is recovering from a surgery that she had earlier today. I will be praying for her and I hope everyone can keep her in your mind. I also hope that the officer has a quick recovery. He did not get hurt as bad as she did but I hope they both get better soon.

  • nanasix Dec 30, 2009

    God was watching over both of them...it's amazing that someone would live through damages like shown in the picture.

  • RealTree fun Dec 30, 2009

    This is just fact. The deputy was traveling north in hwy 117 and had no light or stop sign and the woman that pulled out from a t intersecton had a stop sign. Not putting fault anywhere but I would think someone on a straight road with no stop light or stop sign would have the right away not the truck coming from a stop sigh and turning onto hwy 117.

  • bombayrunner Dec 30, 2009


    Holy cow ... you never give up. Is your few close friends your only point of reference? Therefore it must be true? you read any of the posts on this site?

    I know too many LEOs to count and several are personal friends, several ex-cops as well for the reasons I've stated. Some don't complain (yes - I agree with you but only some). You think I'd invent this? http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/149957/

    Not sure how you correlate what I explained with having their backs. The job is what it is. If an officer ever gets past the 'thrill' of being a cop; He realizes that it is a glorified babysitting job breaking up skirmishes between people acting or doing stupid things or caught at the height of an embarassing moment. MOST (90%) folks however never see the need to call or interface with police.

    I think my neighbors feel good having me live next door to them. Just as yours probably do too.

  • bombayrunner Dec 30, 2009

    Thanks for the update wiz.

    This sounds believeable. Also it is kinda hard to hear sirens when cops approaching fast. Sounds like the lady was used to the traffic when backing out though. With an officer approaching it wasn't within her norm. EVO Driving 101 ... when lights-n-sirens are on everyones first reaction is to brake. Why didn't she? ... because she didn't see/hear him.

    Cops will complain that folks will not move out of the way. The truth is, they hit the brakes and kinda freeze. Takes drivers a few seconds to get out of the mild shock.

    A tragedy to say the least.

  • wizard633 Dec 30, 2009

    "lol at 50 years old.. I don't think her radio bass was blaring.. ;p

    LOL...I'm 44 & I still like to crank my stereo up. I may be older now but I ain't dead yet! :)

  • ncmedic201 Dec 30, 2009

    lineOfDuty...you have got to be kidding!! I am close friends with quite a few LEO's and have never had them say the things you state. I hope you are not an EMT working around here anymore because I could not imagine bashing those who have my back!!!!!

  • Diabolical Dec 30, 2009

    lol at 50 years old.. I don't think her radio bass was blaring.. ;p

  • wizard633 Dec 30, 2009

    An inside source that was on the scene just told me the Deputy was going @ 60 mph to their estimates (45 mph zone). The other driver on her way to work stated she just simply didn't see the officer in which he did have his lights & sirens on, when she pulled out in front of him & the officer T-Boned her.

    A number of factors come to mind. Was the morning sun in her face when she pulled out & / or did she have her radio too loud & didn't hear the siren or was a cell phone in use that could have distracted her.

    It certainly comes to my mind. This could have turned out more tragic than it was. They did survive & that is the main thing.

  • Diabolical Dec 30, 2009

    LEO-NC FYI, I went to New Hampshire Brewster Academy. It's a police academy that I would gladly have stayed at if I didn't get turned down for medical reasons. It's not a BLET citizens academy. lol