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Woman faces charge for collision with Highway Patrol cruiser

Posted February 16, 2010
Updated February 17, 2010

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— A woman will be charged with running into a parked state Highway Patrol vehicle Monday on Interstate 40 in Raleigh.

Trooper Michael Davidson was sitting in his cruiser on the left shoulder of I-40 East near Lake Wheeler Road when a vehicle approached from the rear.

The driver of that car, Shynowa Lee Lertjuntharangool‪, faces a charge of failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision, said Sgt. Jeff Gordon of the Highway Patrol.

Lertjuntharangool‪, 27, of 120 Lake View Court in Raleigh, veered to the left to avoid hitting another car and struck the cruiser.

Both drivers were treated at WakeMed for non-life-threatening injuries.

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  • sunneyone Feb 18, 2010

    "If that were the case the trooper was obviously not doing his job well enough or he would have ticketed the driver who switched lanes." Tater... What anitov said.

    Had the Trooper chased after this theoretical vehicle, you'd be arguing about him leaving the scene of an accident. That said... it sounds to me like she was run off the road. I maintain that she should not have been charged.

  • thepeopleschamp Feb 18, 2010

    "If that were the case the trooper was obviously not doing his job well enough or he would have ticketed the driver who switched lanes" tater

    Please explain how the Trooper was going to go ticket the lane shifter after his vehicle was smashed into. Unreal.

  • leo-nc Feb 17, 2010

    "Until then stop trying to change the subject just because you have been over powered by facts and common sense."---

    Exactly...

  • leo-nc Feb 17, 2010

    "
    How about you talk about the internal affairs commander for the NCSHP who was caught falsifying his own collision report with the help of a fellow trooper? Too scary to face the truth?"---

    How about keeping on topic, genius? what do you want me to say about that? If you had any kind of a clue, you would know that the rank and file troopers wanted to see justice done in that case, and it WAS... so get over it, amateur...

  • Redneck Fun Feb 17, 2010

    "How about you talk about the internal affairs commander for the NCSHP who was caught falsifying his own collision report with the help of a fellow trooper?" Tator

    How about you stick to what the article is about. We are speaking on this incident because that is what the article is about. If you want to change the topic then by all mean start your own blog about something else. Until then stop trying to change the subject just because you have been over powered by facts and common sense.

  • roaddog3 Feb 17, 2010

    rolly eyes, i think it will be pretty hard to write a ticket when your patrol car is smashed to pieces, unless the trooper was superman. Hello, no brainer

  • roaddog3 Feb 17, 2010

    enigma, sounds like you're from ACLU, not going to get any money here, sorry.

  • Tater Salad Returns Feb 17, 2010

    Or what if a car to the right of her changed into her lane without looking and she swerved to avoid that?" hans

    If that were the case the trooper was obviously not doing his job well enough or he would have ticketed the driver who switched lanes. He was probably taking his afternoon nap before going on a revenue collection run for the state. He does not have the common sense to see his actions are nothing more than revenue collection but he does have the ego to "think" he's saving the world one speeder at a time (rolly eyes)

    You show me a single law that says an authorized emergency vehicle can't be where he was, and I'll recant. - leo nc

    How about you talk about the internal affairs commander for the NCSHP who was caught falsifying his own collision report with the help of a fellow trooper? Too scary to face the truth?

  • leo-nc Feb 17, 2010

    Enigma, you are completely incorrect. One person is at fault, and that is the person who is charged. You show me a single law that says an authorized emergency vehicle can't be where he was, and I'll recant. Good luck with that...have the best day ever.

  • enigma1469 Feb 17, 2010

    If he was not responding to a call, then the HP should have been out of the clear recovery zone. If I can't stop/park on the interstate then neither should the HP. Both parties are at fault.

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