Driver Faces Charges After Robeson Traffic Wreck
Posted January 3, 2003 4:18 a.m. EST
RALEIGH, N.C. — A driver faces serious charges after a car crash, but troopers say he is not to blame for the accident.
Authorities say at 7 a.m. Wednesday, a car driven by 20-year-old Jose Segura crossed the center line on N.C. Highway 20 in Robeson County, hitting a pick-up truck head-on. David Moore, 26, of Fayetteville, and his stepson were in the truck.
Robeson County deputies say Segura and his passenger, 19-year-old Richard Reyes-Rodriguez, got out of the car and tried to run from the accident, which deputies said made Moore and his father mad.
"The driver of the vehicle that was in the accident got out, retrieved a shotgun and started firing over their heads and his father behind him in another vehicle also retrieved his shotgun and started firing," said Capt. Randal Patterson, of the Robeson County Sheriff's Office.
Pellets from the shots hit both men who were were running away. The investigation is ongoing, but authorities said the Moores will likely be charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
Tow truck driver Jimmy Holloman went to the scene. He said he can see what the Moores did wrong, but he said he does not think they should be charged with shooting the other men.
"They shouldn't have jumped out and run. They caused the accident. They should have stayed and took responsibility," he said.
David Moore and his stepson were treated for injuries from the crash and released from the hospital.
Segura is listed in fair condition at the hospital, recovering from the pellet wounds. Reyes-Rodriguez, 19, was treated at Southeastern Regional and released. Both men live near St. Pauls.
Authorities have charged Segura with drunk driving and driving without a license.