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ONLY ON 3: Brian Berger had no insurance during car crash, avoided victim

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A week after being arrested on domestic violence charges, New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger showed up 15 minutes late to an agenda briefing Thursday. But Angela Lilly was there early to see him.

Lilly was the driver involved in a fender-bender with Berger Tuesday afternoon. After the accident she found out from Berger's insurance company that the Jeep he was driving was uninsured. Lilly, who like Berger is unemployed, now does not know how she or Berger will pay for repairs to her car.

Berger told WWAY he had insurance for the BMW he used to drive, but did not switch the insurance to the Jeep until after the accident.

“I can't believe he hasn't at least called to check to see if I was ok,” said Lilly. “He hasn't even contacted his insurance company to even report it, so it just makes me think that he's really just trying to hide something.”

Lilly says Berger has not returned her calls about the accident, which is why she showed up to the meeting. Berger said his attorney advised him not to return the calls.

The accident report from Tuesday also says the home addresses Berger and Lilly gave the investigating officer are not the same addresses that are on their respective driver licenses. Berger, though, has used the address he gave the officer at least as far back as October 2005.

The insurance issue is the latest in a series of missteps by the Republican elected to the commission last fall. Fellow commissioners said following Berger's arrest last week that he needs to get focused and avoid any more distractions from county business.

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Too many politicians believe the laws do not apply to themselves.

If I drove around town

If I drove around town without valid insurance on a vehicle AND had an accident, my vehicle would be impounded and I would be in deep trouble. Is he going to get away with this?

Berger is......

Getting away with:

Too Much Stuff!

Pretty soon he will be known as Teflon Brain. Nothing sticks!

I still want to know how on earth he is collecting unemployment from Washington, DC while holding a $17,000./yr. PLUS BENEFITS job as a Comedy Commissioner. I would love to know how he can make 17K while claiming to be UNEMPLOYED!

*We all have to do weekly CERTIFICATIONS that we have not worked, not received pay, not turned down work, not started collecting pensions, vacation pay....(and no people who are UNEMPLOYED have benefits, for CRYING OUT LOUD).

Monday Morning, 9am, Commissioners Meeting!!!!

Be there, but arrive Late, LIKE BERGER & DISRUPT the whole thing.


I was wondering the same thing.

Was it not a hit-n-run? I'm

Was it not a hit-n-run? I'm confused. It seems as if WPD would have cited him and put in him jail with no insurance.

The WPD does not check for insurance if you present a card..

In fact..Mr. Berger would have had to present an insurance card at the scene of the accident to the WPD which leads me to believe that he falsely gave information to the WPD at the time of the accident..if he knew beforehand (per his comments to wway) that he had no insurance on that jeep, then he in turn gave the WPD erroneous information..until he pays the damages on that vehicle, the woman's insurance will put a lien on his driver's license and have it suspended until they get their money back..he will surely lose his license behind this accident..what a moron!


uninsured motorist is extra. you dont have to have it. apparentley she didnt have it

uninsured motorist

Actually, uninsured motorist coverage is required in NC. Effect Jan 2008 the uninsured/underinsured coverages have to match or surpass your liability limits & can not be excluded. Yes it costs a bit more but it is required. She should be able to get a letter from his company stating he was not covered & then file it on her own policy w/out it causing her an increase in premium. It usually only carries @ $150 deductible.

So he made it five days before his next crisis?

You people who are still defending this clown are destroying your own credibility. He obviously won't or CAN'T change. He handles responsibility as well as your average twelve year-old.

I'm happier that I voted for Nixon than I am about voting for this stooge.

People of New Hanover County, my sincerest apologies...

What a piece of trash. Is

What a piece of trash. Is this the caliber of people that we want running our government, be it local or federal? I believe that what Mr. Berger needs is a good old fasioned reality check... (hint hint members of local law enforcement & judicial system). How can his constituents think he has their best interests at heart if he can't even obey the law???

I dont understand, if she has insurance..

then her uninsured motorists liability will kick both of them were driving around town without insurance??

she is unemployed so...

It is likely she had liability only. Since she probably has little income I doubt she carried a more expensive policy with uninsured/underinsured coverage.

Bravo, by the way, to Berger's attorney. You just made your clients image look even worse by advising him to ignore this womans calls. What a piece of trash.

EVERYONE has uninsured motorist coverage

Her insurance company would be handling the claim so there was no need for her to go seeking out Brian Berger..sound like she was reaching for some TV time as well..I am NOT a supporter of Brian Berger AT ALL but I have worked with automobile claims and if any motorists has any type of car insurance on their car whether it being full coverage or just liability and they are hit by a uninsured motorist, then their uninsured liability kicks in automatically so I just find this story a bit of suspicious on her part that she shows up at his committee meeting along with WWAY looking for him to pay for her car as if her insurance wasnt going to do it, unless she was cited as well in the accident for fault? Her car will be fixed by her insurance company who will then in turn go after Mr. Berger themselves.

Her point was that she does

Her point was that she does have insurance but doesn't have the money to cover the deductible if she filed a claim with her company. She's doing the right thing by contacting his insurance company and Berger personally.

Uninsured coverage is required by state law

Uninsured/Underinsured motorist coverage is currently required by state law, even if you only have a liability policy. You cannot opt out of that coverage any longer.

With so many illegal mexicans driving around drunk and without insurance, Uninsured/Underinsured motorist coverage was mandated by law.

Amazing how we voted in a moron that seems to fit that same category. A three time loser that never wins...

The Berger File:

This file keeps getting thicker. Now He has a fender bender and has no insurance. Make this poor girl pay? As long as she has liability coverage that is all that is legally required. Uninsured does not come with every policy. Plain and simple, I don't think He had the money to pay for insurance. And Now late to a meeting again, What Next?


If the situation was not so tragic, it would be funny. This man has screwed up his life to the point that only professional mental help can save him.

Brian Berger

This is not a situation to blame the woman he hit with his uninsured car or start blaming anyone who might be here illegially. The only one to blame here is Brian Berger and it's time for him or resign from office and for the Republicans to call for his regisnation and for the other members of the County Commissioners and the voters and all residents of New Hanover county demand that he resign. He has no business being in public office now. By the way I voted for him.