INVESTIGATION: Trooper Not At Fault In Deadly Pedestrian Crash

A state trooper whose patrol car struck and killed an Elizabeth City man last month will return to regular duty after the Highway Patrol found him not at fault.

Bradley Carie was walking along the U.S. 17 Bypass on July 17th when he was struck by the cruiser around 3:00 a.m. The accident report, which was released today, says Trooper Derrick Banks' vehicle was going 70 miles per hour went it hit the man. The posted speed limit on that highway is 70.

The report says Carie was walking in the middle of the left lane of the four-lane highway with his back to traffic when the accident happened. The Highway Patrol says the collision was unavoidable on the part of the trooper and another driver who hit the body two minutes later.

1st Sgt. Jeff Gordon says they are still awaiting the toxicology report on Carie and a supplemental report would be issued if it shows any signs on impairment.

Banks was placed on administrative duty right after the accident.

Carie's mother said he knew the road very well, and was walking home from his sister's house. In an interview last month Lisa Robertson told WITN that if this didn't involve a state trooper the driver would already have been charged with manslaughter.


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  • by Boxer on Aug 22, 2011 at 06:51 AM
    Folks of all kinds come on here and post BS. This trooper killed a man that was in the middle of the road at 3 in the morning wearing dark clothes. Most of you would have different post if it was Joe Blow that hit the dude, but because he was a Trooper, you want to see him hang. Dang, some of you are just wrong.......hate to think you are raising your children to think as you do. What a waste that will be.
  • by James Location: Greenville on Aug 21, 2011 at 06:37 AM
    You're right. People risk their lives in all sorts of jobs. Crab boat workers risk their lives on the open seas, coal workers risk their lives in mine shafts, airline pilots risk their lives in the skies. But they do it to make money and feed their family and provide a good/service to a consumer. Police, fire, and rescue risk their lives to make money and feed their family...but more importantly to protect and serve their community. Not to be cliche, but when thousands of police, fire, rescue rushed into the WTC in 9/11, you think the crippled souls they rescued tought they are just another person in the rat race, just another mindless worker, just doing the profession they chose, just going through the motions for a paycheck? Or do you think they saw a hero, a selfless citizen, their gardian? I know the truth. I know you will say I'm using a horrible incident to prove a point on a tiny ENC message board. But our public servant in ENC deserve that same respect and admiration, even if you are mad because they give you frivolous traffic tickets. You are so obviously jaded and honestly...I pity you.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 21, 2011 at 09:32 AM in reply to James
      If they give me a ticket...obviously I have done something wrong and deserve said ticket. They still do not deserve any more respect than you or I do based of of what profession they chose to do. I could care less if you pity me either. Have a great day.
  • by Tom Location: Elizabeth City on Aug 20, 2011 at 02:19 PM
    Being a retired LEO after 25 years of service (not in N.C.) I am appalled at some of the comments that some of the postings have. First and foremost should be the victim's family and then as seen in the postings, many of you could care even less about the trooper and how it has affected him. Being involved in any incident in which someone is killed is horrendous. It's obvious that some of you have absolutely no respect or feeling for anyone or anything but yourself. Unfortunately that is the state of our society today and some of you are the reason. I am very pleased that the SBI completed their investigation and that the trooper was found not a fault. By the way the SBI is separate entity within the State law Enforcment branches. These type investigations are the reason. As some others have already noted, that stretch of the 17 bypass is unlighted and is very dark at night. The fact that the victim was walking in the middle of the highway facing away from traffic was also a prime reason that the accident occurred. But after 25 years in law enforcment some things never change. Some of you who posted negative comments toward the trooper are the same ones that no doubt will need an LEO at some time in the future and there will be one at your service. That is because that is why almost 100% of LEO's do the job-which is provide public service and help those in need regardless of the risk to their life in some cases. I have been to 6 police officer funerals in my past career who were killed in the line of duty doiing what they were supposed to do-their duty. How many police officer funerals have some of you negative posters been to? Some you are a poor excuse for a human being so that would be none of you ever having been to an LEO funeral.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 21, 2011 at 06:08 AM in reply to Tom
      I haven't been to any LEO funerals. None were my relatives. How many circus clown funerals have you been to? My point is...LEO's are just people like you and I. They chose that profession. People from all walks of life risk their lives every day. Sorry you take every comment so personal but LEO's put their pants on just like everyone else. I choose to respect individuals and not the profession as a whole.
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        by Petey Pirate on Aug 21, 2011 at 06:58 AM in reply to
        Awesome post! 100% truth!
  • by Good Call Location: Bald Head Island on Aug 20, 2011 at 09:02 AM
    This was a good call. While I feel sorry for the victim, and his family, this was not the fault of the trooper. The victim was walking in the road, back to traffic, wearing all black, at 3am in the morning. People who think an average citizen would be charged are just anti- law enforcement.
  • by cccccccccc Location: gvlle on Aug 20, 2011 at 08:44 AM
    Who said he wasn't at fault? They drive aggressively anyways.just because they are the laws doesn't mean they PERFECT!!!!!!!! They need to stay focus too.
  • by kimberly Location: illwill on Aug 20, 2011 at 06:58 AM
    if it wuz me id b in jail for sure... my dad wuz and uncle were both victims of hit and runs...never caught
  • by Sam on Aug 19, 2011 at 08:22 PM
    I'm glad he was cleared and I feel sorry for the man's family. However, He was walking home from his sister's at 3 a.m. Could she not have let him stay, or taken him home, or found him a way home? He was wearin dark clothes on top of that. I kow that I can't see much on a dark road even with headlights. so those of you who are saying the trooper should have seen him, do you have night vision, can you see that well at night, driving fast? Also, I thought the previous story had the mom saying he was walking home from work, not his sisters house.
  • by me Location: reality on Aug 19, 2011 at 06:37 PM
    you know its funny. you can say redneck or whatever referring to the white race but god forbid if you mention something about blacks. witn just wont post that. this site is really starting to BITE !!!
  • by Wharf Rat Location: Enc on Aug 19, 2011 at 04:40 PM
    How easy it is to spot idiots on here who have had their wings clipped by a trooper or other LEO. None of these morons could even come close to passing the selection process, and btw "lulz", what did you get charged with, speeding, dwi?
  • by James Location: Greenville on Aug 19, 2011 at 02:44 PM
    Thank God this officer was not found to be responsible for the young man's own stupidity. As the last poster wrote, unless you know this area of 17, you have no idea how desolate it is. Nobody in the right (or sober) mind would be walking down this stretch of highway at this shade of night. Regardless of how far his headlights could illuminate, the posted speed of 70mph means he likely had little chance to stop for such a slow moving obstacle. The SBI is a great organization that doesn't have a problem finding LEO's guilty if they truly are. For them to say he had no wrongdoing, I believe it. AND, for those saying he "got off" because he's an LEO: THERE HAVE BEEN TWO SIMILAR CASES IN E-NC IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS INVOLVING PRIVATE CITIZENS, AND NONE OF THEM WERE CHARGED WITH A CRIME. WAKE UP.
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