NEW INFO: Deputy & Woman Hurt In Crash

A Wayne County deputy was hurt Wednesday morning in a traffic accident as he was responding to a call. The other driver in the crash was seriously injured.

Troopers say Deputy Daniel Truhan was heading north on Highway 117 with his cruiser's blue lights activated when a pickup truck pulled out into his path from Woodville Drive.

The Highway Patrol says Susan Waltson was trying to head south on the highway when the crash happened. The Goldsboro woman has been charged with failure to yield right of way.

Deputies say Truhan suffered a broken leg and broken arm and is undergoing surgery. Waltson was in serious condition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

Truhan’s 2009 Ford Crown Victoria and Walston’s Dodge pickup truck are listed as total losses.


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 24, 2010 at 12:57 AM
    To all you people who complain how police do their job think about this. If there were no police you could not sleep at night, you could not go for a walk on your street, you could not get to work, be at work, go on vacation without the fear that something major may happen and you will not have anyone to call. Compare Police to any other job and you will figure out that this world and country would be in complete utter chaos, sure the military could be the police, but then look at the countries that do that and how much corruption those countries have. The police are the first, last and only line of defense, but yet they are paid as laborers, nobody wants them until YOU have a problem that in most cases YOU created. That being said PAY YOUR OFFICERS LIKE YOU LIFE DEPENDS UPON IT, because it really does. As far as their driving, theres reasons others need to yield the right away. If you dont agree with my comments thats fine, put on your big boy pants and become a better officer then
  • by justme Location: Mt.Olive on Jan 2, 2010 at 09:08 PM
    Maybe he was going to fast, however if I were on the end that the call was coming from I would want him to get there as fast as possible to, not that I would want anyone to get injured or there to be an accident. In my opinion if she could not see the lights or hear the sirens should she really be driving? I mean we all know how loud they are, if she was that sidetracked why was she on the road? But no matter how any of us feel it is not going to change what happened so the best thing for us to do is just pray for them all. LEO risk their lives everyday to protect us no matter the consequence.
  • by Family of Susan Walston Location: Farmville on Jan 2, 2010 at 06:51 AM
    To Autarchic: Definition of accident: 1. an unfortunate that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or incident 2. an event that happens by chance or that is without apparent or deliberate cause--Accidents happen every day whether they are traffic accidents or some other kind of accident.
  • by Autarchic Location: Trenton, NC on Dec 31, 2009 at 03:58 PM
    Family of Susan Walston: There is no such thing as a traffic accident. Crashes are caused by bad decisions, bad choices! They do not just happen! Passing the blame onto weather conditions, etc., is nothing more than failure to take responsibility for one's actions.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 31, 2009 at 03:18 PM
    One day my son and I was traveling from Robersonville back to Williamston. My son had just got his permits and I was letting him drive. A state trooper passed three cars in a no passing zone with no lights on almost hitting me and my son head on. Before I could tell my son to slow down(he was going the speed limit but he slowed up to let the cop by) he was already doing so. Good thinking for my son(I praise him for that). Let me ask the LEOs and state troopers supporters this what would have happen if my son and I would have died that day. Would he been charged with manslaughter? They tell us to obey the rule that they do not obey. It does not matter if they are going to accident or someone with a gun. It might to late for those people or someone else might be already there. They still have to get there and causing another accident is not the way.
  • by christian on Dec 31, 2009 at 02:12 PM
    POLICE : SLOW DOWN......sounds like you have trust issues. Thanks for passing judjement on the Deputy. If the Deputy had his emergency equipment activated and she just pulled out in front of him then she is at fault. Now if he just blew through an intersection without reducing speed and checking for other traffic then it would be a different story. So give it a rest and learn the facts before you fly off. State law allows officers to speed in the performance of their duties. Maybe if you ever need help they'll SLOW DOWN.
  • by Police: SLOW DOWN on Dec 31, 2009 at 11:46 AM
    Patricia, someone nearly died because they couldn't react fast enough to a police going way to fast thru a slower speed limit area. That is wreckless on behalf of the police. While there was cynicism in my post, the fact is, police often go wayyy to fast and don't give drivers enough time to see and react. I'm sick and tire of it, just as are many people posting comments here. And the next worst thing to someone nearly dieing from it, is that the police won't do a fair investigation to see if the officer was going to fast or to see if this is a systemic problem among the force with speeding. They've already assigned blame and moved on.
  • by PLS Location: Goldsboro on Dec 31, 2009 at 11:43 AM
    May the Lord be there with all the family and freinds of both of these people. I work with Susan she is a sweet person and I know that her heart would be hurting deeply to read what some of you have wrote. May God be with you all and I not only prayer for the two in the accident but all those who have made any type of comment besides that of sympathy and prayer. God bless you too because you need it.
  • by Cindi Location: Simpson on Dec 31, 2009 at 10:34 AM
    Bryan???Do I detect a tad of "little man syndrome"? How about Grandiosity?Let me remind you that it is a job you CHOSE!!!You were not made to protect any community.We are grateful but at the same time,we all do our part in helping our communities in one way or another and do so without needing a pat on the back!
  • by PatriciaAgain. Location: Goldsboro Nc. on Dec 31, 2009 at 10:13 AM
    May i also remind those of you ignorant mind settings this is nor the time or place to put the blame on anyone. These people are injured, they'd need a helpful prayer instead of some ingorant air head babbeling on whose wrong or right, you have co-workers and family members of mrs.walston willing to see past whose fault it was or wasnt and you have those with a heart willing to see past everything to just say "god bless&happy newyear" if only all of us could do the same. If only i could get past how 'messed' up our society is when people think the world revolves around themselves, most of my shock is comming from the comment i read from 'Police:Slow Down:"He needs to be responsible when driving at such a high rate of speed and obviously he was not. I can only imagine he was going to something really "important", like the donut place closing early" Buddy, until you know the whole side of the story or know what he was thinking keep your mouth shut. Thats final, GodBless&HappyNewYear<3
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