FIRST ON WITN: Deputy Escapes Injuries In Six Vehicle Crash

A deputy sheriff escaped injury after his parked patrol vehicle was rear-ended as part of a six vehicle crash in Craven County this afternoon.

The crash happened around 3:30 p.m. near the Riverdale Road intersection of U.S. 70, outside of James City.

State troopers have charged two of those drivers with failure to reduce speed.

The Highway Patrol says the deputy had pulled a traffic offender over into the center median of U.S. 70. Apparently one oncoming vehicle swerved at the last minute because of the deputy, causing another vehicle to swerve and crash into the back the the patrol car. Three other vehicles then wrecked in the chain reaction crash.

The deputy was out of his patrol vehicle at the time of the crash and was not injured. A man and women in the vehicle that struck the patrol vehicle were sent to CarolinaEast with minor injuries.

Troopers say Crystal Bizzell of Pollocksville, who was driving the sixth vehicle, and Amber Lagunas of Havelock with failure to reduce speed. They say Lagunas' vehicle rear-ended the deputy's vehicle.

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  • by Sweet on Nov 12, 2011 at 05:35 AM
    I have watched the comments on this story and have to speak up. I was driving the car that swerved in front of the first collision. There was a line dump trucks in the right lane that was going well below the speed limit. When I safely moved into the left lane and we were all rolling along, I was behind a Loomis armored truck. There was no way to see around him that far down the road. He suddenly slammed on brakes as we were passing the dump trucks and he swerved. I had to do the same thing. I looked in my rearview mirror to see if I was about to be rear-ended and saw the impact. It was totally unavoidable. The deputy's car was way out in the lane and there was very little space in that marshy median for anyone to park. It had nothing to do with poor driving habits or texting or anything like that. Or even not following the driving rules. If my memory serves me correctly, the stopped vehicle and the deputy were at the front of the left lane by about 1/3 mile or so when I changed lanes.
  • by Learn to DRIVE Location: New Bern on Nov 10, 2011 at 08:51 PM
    Any one blaming the cop or complaint that they had to swerve out of the way to avoid hitting them should have their license suspended! I was there, and you all are just sad! It's simple, but I guess you are NEVER wrong, so let me break it to you ABC style:
    CHAPTER 4 NC State Drivers Handbook states: (couldn't cut and paste from phone, but the meaning is 100% accurate)
    When you are on a Highway with two lanes going the same direction, you MUST get in the lane farthest from the stoped emergency vehicle and stay in that lane until you have passed a safe distance!!

    SO WTF were you all doing in the left lane???? It's a flat stretch of road! Why didn't you merge into the right lane?? Why didn't you slow down?? Honestly I wish they had a camera on all of you, and could run your plates to send all of you tickets for Christmas!! Quit being ignorant! It doesn't matter where he was! You were in the wrong lane, if you had to avoid him!!
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      by Anonymous on Nov 11, 2011 at 03:50 AM in reply to Learn to DRIVE
      there should be a like button on here.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Nov 10, 2011 at 11:53 AM
    Many people drive too fast. Many drivers do NOT like for ANYTHING to get in their way. Other drivers managed to avoid hitting the sheriff directly. If you're not on the cell, applying makeup, or eating, should be able to see ahead, at least a few car lengths, to slow down for unusual/slow traffic patterns.
  • by anonymous2 Location: enc on Nov 10, 2011 at 09:43 AM
    the person stopped might have been getting a warning for a infraction. Regardless you are suppose to yield to the RIGHT of way, key word RIGHT!. I see many drivers that will not follow those simple rules of the road, even when they get stopped by police. As for traffic on Hwy 70, I've seen what reminds me of Charlotte Motor Speedway the way cars are bunched up together. My God! Watch your driving habits and give yourselves room. Bye the way, the deputy did nothing wrong, and when a emergency vehicle comes up behind you with its lights and siren on, move over, they may be going to help one of your loved ones
  • by Use your brain Location: Cherry Point on Nov 10, 2011 at 06:44 AM
    Hey, here's an about pulling off the highway when you're being pulled over! I will NEVER just pull onto the side of the highway. I have waited for the next turnout before stopping my vehicle, and I know the Trooper is thankful for that, because he said so! Too many people fear law enforcement, thinking that they need to pull over IMMIDIATELY, and that's just not true. Do NOT put yourself in a situation where you could possibly be injured just because of some red lights. A logical law enforcement official will understand what you're doing.
  • by Questions on Nov 10, 2011 at 06:40 AM
    Was the driver stopped by the deputy charged with anything? If not then why were they stopped? Was the deputy qualified/certified to cite for speeding? Could a reasonable person expect to see that an emergency vehicle was stopped with no rooftop light bar in such heavy traffic?
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      by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 at 08:09 AM in reply to Questions
      maybe they stopped him for something other than speeding, failure to utlize signal when changing lanes, defective equipment, failure to utilize safety straints. expired registration... if you cant see the lights you shouldnt be driving.
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        by ?s on Nov 10, 2011 at 05:06 PM in reply to
        Try this. follow a large truck at 55 mph 2 seconds behind in heavy traffic. The truck suddenly changes lanes without braking or signal then you see the car in the lane in which you have no escape-CRUNCH-$$$
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          by Anonymous on Nov 11, 2011 at 03:48 AM in reply to ?s
          its called following to close
  • by yea Location: mhc on Nov 10, 2011 at 06:28 AM
    ok. lets break it down for the uneducated. left lane "passing lane" signs posted along 70 slower traffic keep right, the deputy was already out of the vehicle, so id say roughly 30 seconds at the least had passed the the vehicles light were on. 30 seconds should be long enough for atleast a half mile of all the drivers riding side by side in the left lane to see the lights and take proper action to avoid this. If you think about it the median should be safer because everyone should be favoring the right lane and not crowding the passing lane.. the charger could have been parked in the middle of the lane for all i care, Thats irrelivent. The in lack of attention of those on the road is the cause of this. How can drivers every day manage to avoid dead animals in the road without a pile up. a dead deer doesnt have flashing lights on it, and people can manage to avoid that.
  • by donald on Nov 10, 2011 at 05:51 AM
    It's a divided highway, what difference does it make which side of the road the officer was on. He stopped where the offender stopped. Thank you sir.
  • by Native Location: Grantsboro on Nov 10, 2011 at 05:22 AM
    So, two people have already been charged. Why hasn't the trooper that ran the stop sigh and flipped his vehicle been charged yet? Is it because these were regular citizens?
  • by william Location: rocky mount on Nov 9, 2011 at 08:11 PM
    Glad the Deputy was OK. Were any other human beings involved in the crash? Guess that's not really important.

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