Man criticizes WPD response after hit and run

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Submitted: Wed, 10/30/2013 - 3:38am
Updated: Wed, 10/30/2013 - 3:46am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man who was the victim of a hit and run is upset over a series of events that took place after his accident.

On September 20th an 18 year old girl backed into his car at a stoplight on Carolina Beach Road.

He immediately pulled over and called 911, but while he was on the phone with dispatch the girl who hit him drove off.

Carlton James says that it took a civilian crash investigator more than an hour to get to the scene of his accident.

Once they got there they filled out an accident report if he got any information about the girl who crashed into him.

Two weeks later James says he called police with the girl’s license plate number, but never got a response.

“We’re all taxed,” said Carlton James. “Our taxes helps pay for the law enforcement salary. I’m upset, frustrated and confused, because I’m trying to understand why there hasn’t been anything handled about it.”

Wilmington Police Department spokeswoman Linda Rawley says it’s common for civilian crash investigators instead of cops to respond to accidents

She says she is reaching out to James to try and get the situation cleared up.

1 Comment

  • bob says:

    Well Carl, Lets see. A population of about 106,000 people and that’s not including all the college kids, baby’s daddy’s, transients, tourists, drive through morons and any other person who is standing around holding a cardboard sign at an intersection. Now lets look at the number of cops working on a given shift. 2 to 5 city cops per zone in the city, 1 or 2 civilian crash investigators, a handful of specialized units for dealing with our latest outbreak of thugdom and gang banging. Ok, lets cut into that a little. 1 to 2 cops in court, 1 to 2 cops in training, 1 to 2 cops attempting to enjoy a day off unless of course they have to be in court or training on their day off, and a handful of cops dealing with more important issues than a little paint transfer. With Wilmington basically classified as “Bumper Car City” in the National Auto Insurance Registry, my advise is be patient. They will get to you eventually after they deal with helping the rest of the population in this town deal with “the barking dog”, “the My child wont listen to me”, “the he drove his delivery truck on my grass”, “the He took my Weed and didn’t pay me”, “the he shot me in my leg because I didn’t pay my Crack Bill”, ” the subject drunk raising sand at the local stop and shop” and the other numerous important issues that confront our local Law Enforcement. So,..I hope you find out the persons name who backed into you. Just try to realize you are not the center of the Universe. “Drive Safely”…..

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