Wreck Sends Craven County Deputy, Another Driver To Hospital

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

A crash Friday afternoon sent a sheriff's deputy and another driver to the hospital.

About 3:30 Friday afternoon the Highway Patrol says Deputy Richard Smith's unmarked Craven County patrol car was hit in Vanceboro on Main Street near the intersection of Streets Ferry Road. Troopers say Justin Lilly of Vanceboro was driving a Chevy pick-up that crashed head on with the deputy.

Troopers say Lilly's right knee locks up without warning, and he was unable to hit the brake after crossing the center line. They say a few months ago Lilly caused property damage at a high school because of his knee injury.

Both drivers were taken to Carolina East Medical Center.

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  • by Firefighter on Dec 26, 2011 at 03:20 AM
    I understand where all of these people are coming from. but i know Lilly and he wouldn't cross the center line unless something happened that he couldn't control. trust me I know and this is like saying that if someone had a medical problem that doesn't happen all the time that they don't need license. so guess what SORRY SOME OF YALL ARE WRONG
  • by ralphie Location: ahoskie on Dec 10, 2011 at 01:25 PM
    hand brakes. Left foot for brakes. STEER. What does cannot brake have to do with crossing center line? I guess the old line rings true: drive defensively!
  • by Steve Location: New Bern on Dec 10, 2011 at 10:48 AM
    How true, you can't fix STUPID and that's just what the state of NC is for letting this idiot continue to drive knowing he has a issue that could cost someone their life. DMV why don't you guy's revoke his drivers license? BEFORE HE DOES KILL SOMEONE!!!
  • by me Location: Bayboro on Dec 10, 2011 at 09:26 AM
    Sounds like he has a problem besides his knee.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Dec 10, 2011 at 07:14 AM
    Main Street in Vanceboro is like Mayberry. That's what makes this so ridiculous. It must be the work of the full moon.
    • reply
      by Resident on Dec 11, 2011 at 02:54 AM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
      Unfortunately, it's NOT like Mayberry anymore. Those of us who live here only wish that it still was like that.
  • by Really Location: Richlands on Dec 9, 2011 at 06:49 PM
    You just cant fix stupid
  • by Unfit To Drive? on Dec 9, 2011 at 06:34 PM
    Jeeze, I don't get it. How can someone get a licence with such depleted dexterity? And why did he cross the center line?

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