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911 callers: Huge fight broke out after man hit pedestrian

Posted March 22, 2011 4:38 p.m. EDT
Updated March 22, 2011 9:16 p.m. EDT

— The Vance County Sheriff's Office released 16 calls that were placed to 911 within five minutes Saturday night after a driver accidentally hit a pedestrian near Henderson and then was pulled from his vehicle by bystanders.

Callers described a huge fight that had broken out in the middle of Raleigh Road after Reuben Wright, 19, ran out into the road in front of a car. According to police, the driver had no chance to see him or stop before hitting him. Wright's head crashed through the front windshield.

He is listed in critical condition at Duke University Hospital.

The first calls that came in reported a person hit by a car.

"Somebody ran over someone," one caller told dispatchers.

But then callers started reporting a chaotic scenatio, when bystanders pulled the driver from his car and began beating him while other people ran up and down the street yelling.

"They're running up the street saying they're going to kill everybody," one caller said.

"Something really bad is going on here," another caller told dispatchers. "Somebody's getting hurt really bad."

Cindy Harris, of Kittrell, said she was behind the driver, who didn't want his name released out of fear for his safety, on Raleigh Road and watched the entire event. She called 911 and reported that bystanders pulled the driver from his vehicle, laid him on the ground and began kicking and beating him.

The man managed to run to a passing truck and ask to be taken away from the scene, she said.

"He said, 'Please let me get in here. They're going to kill me,"" Harris said.

"I just needed you to know the only reason he got in that truck and left is because they were beating him up so bad," she told dispatchers.

The driver was taken to Maria Parham Medical Center, where he was treated and released. His daughter was hit in the head by one of the bystanders, who accompanied Wright to the hospital, at Maria Parham, authorities said.

No charges have been filed, but Sheriff Peter White said suspects have been identified and he did anticipate arrests.