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Woman charged with rear-ending vehicle on I-40

Posted November 23, 2009

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— State troopers say that fatigue likely caused a Raleigh woman to rear-end another vehicle on Interstate 40 in Cary early Monday.

Troopers said that Shameaka Thomas, 32, was driving a Isuzu Rodeo behind a Chrysler Pacifica on I-40 West, near Harrison Avenue, around 3:45 a.m. Thomas' Rodeo hit the Pacifica, and both drivers lost control and crashed into a guardrail on the right shoulder.

The Pacifica driver – Andrew Chigozie, 49, of Durham – was taken to Rex Hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Thomas was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision. She told troopers that she felt tired before the wreck. Troopers determined that weather, alcohol and speed were not factors.

Chigozie and Thomas were both headed to work, troopers said.


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  • djcgriffin Nov 23, 2009

    LOL @ manofjustice

  • wildcat Nov 23, 2009

    No news. This happens all the time.

  • manofjustice Nov 23, 2009

    I would not want to be rear ended that is why I am a good boy and I aint going to prison. Aint nobody gon rear end me!!!

  • Go Figure Nov 23, 2009

    folks get rear-ended on I-40 and the beltline ALL the time, its b/c people like to tailgate, but why is THIS news?????

  • m4ncsu Nov 23, 2009

    State law in NC now mandates that you carry the same uninsured limits as your own liability limits, so you dont have a choice in NC now.

  • FromClayton Nov 23, 2009

    1. why is this news? 2. why have 11 people agreed it is news?

  • vipcruizer2 Nov 23, 2009

    I was rearended two weeks ago tomorrow during nor'Ida but it didn't make the news either. I'm hoping the point of this article was to remind people that when you feel tired, pull over!

  • bmg379 Nov 23, 2009

    I worked in the car business for a few years and always told our cash customers,I am not an insurance co. but with all the people in NC who drive with no or lapsed insurance.I highly recommend you get uninsured underinsured ins if you are just getting liability.I would not drive in NC with out UIM ins after being hit by a person in the mid 90s without ins and finding out there was nothing I could do and he totalled my car.

  • Tater Salad Returns Nov 23, 2009

    Thomas was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision.

    I had a state trooper do this to me and they rigged the report to clear him of any charges! I smell cover-up!

  • cameragirl Nov 23, 2009

    Drity_Water, You say that all the auto coverage will do is pay deductibles.
    That's not true. Have you ever heard of subrogation? If you illness is caused by an accident then you have to file a claim with the insurance carrier of the person who was at fault or file with you automobile insurance company. In NC you have to file claims with the auto insurance company first and then after exhausting all payments can you then file for your health insurance.