Woman hit by semi may be cited

Tags: , ,

Submitted: Tue, 08/16/2011 - 8:12pm
Updated: Tue, 08/16/2011 - 8:13pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A woman hit by a tractor trailer this morning may faces charges.

Wilmington Police say Ruth Henry was crossing New Centre Drive from the east side of S. College Road. With traffic backed up, she walked behind a truck stopped at the light.

She tried to step over the trailer behind the vehicle, but as she did so, the light turned green. Henry was knocked down and dragged for twenty to thirty feet and may have broken her arm.

Police will not file charges against the driver. Henry may be cited for not crossing in a crosswalk.


  • ... says:

    she broke more than just her arm. she has 8 broken ribs, all her fingers are broken, her pelvic is broken, both her arms are broken and a leg. i don’t think she should be charged with jaywalking and the man who ran her over fled the scene.

  • Guest says:

    I want to start by saying that I don’t know this woman but I am appalled at the things people are saying in response to this story…to call her stupid or say that this was mother nature at work is disgusting. Did it occur to any of you posting these things that her friends and family might read this? Do you care that it may make this traumatic experience harder for them and anyone else involved? I’m not saying that she made the best choice but I no way think she deserves the pain she’s going through…think about your own past actions for a moment and if you can honestly say with 100% certainty that you have NEVER done something that in retrospect was probably dangerous or ill-advised then pass judgement all you’d like, but I’m sure no one can say that. It was an accident, an awful accident and maybe instead of wasting time by talking badly a person in pain we should all say a prayer for her and her family and be thankful that it wasn’t us involved.

  • Carrie says:

    Some solid evidence that stupid hurts. My mother always told me that Stupid should hurt. Apparently it does. Really if you are going to cross a street you should do it somewhere that is safe and where you are totally visible.
    Stupid people should have to serve 6 years probation, one year for each letter in the word. During the probationary period they should have to take a course in commonsense. Not to mention if their stupidity is found early enough they should be sterilized, so they don’t pass on there ignorance.

  • Guest says:

    Hopefully Mrs.Henry & the driver are well this evening. Unfortunately accidents do happen. Also i have actually had to cross the road in this area before. No crosswalks equals Pedestrian danger.

  • Guest says:

    Yeah i don’t think they should cite her. I mean with medical bills & the suffering shes enduring now is enough.

  • Guest says:


  • Guest says:

    I was at the intersection and the driver did not flee the scene he stopped and came over when he reliazed his trailor had hit this lady. The police asked him to move his vehicle as it was blocking most of college road but he was there.
    That is a huge thing to say he fled the scene.

  • Guest123 says:

    While the wording is bad I’m pretty sure from reading this article and comments that the “tractor trailer” is a trailor used for hauling and transporting trailers not a semi. Hopefully she will recover and next time think twice about walking between a truck and an attached trailer.

  • Guest says:

    Mrs, Henry is in fact in ICU at this time with MULTIPLE broken bones. Also Henry was not HIT BY A SEMI!!!!! She was DRAGGED by a landscaping vehicle with an attached trailer. Now the story is correct!!!! Instead of citing someone maybe the Wilmington PD should have sympathy for someone that’s in ICU!

    Meanwhile CASEY ANTHONY is FREE!!!!! NO can forget that!!!

  • cathy littrell says:

    I personally know the gentleman that was driving the truck whose landscape trailer hit Mrs. Henry!
    This was very traumatic for him as well! He is a very compassionate person! This will definitely take quite some time for him to get over!

    I hope her injuries heal quickly!

  • Guest350 says:

    Hit by a tractor trailer? Tried to step over the trailer? I think Jesse needs to re-write this account of what happened. Makes no sense.

  • sailboat2323 says:

    Don’t cross where you shouldn’t.

  • Guest says:

    Accidents do Happen. Hopefully the City will invest in a crosswalk at that intersection. There are bus stops near that location but no crosswalks. Really Makes no sense. Tax dollars at work.

  • Guest says:

    Yeah I’m not seeing where she would be able to step over a tractor trailer. Please rewrite story. :) And yeah Crosswalks need to be put into place along that area. You have to really point things out like that to the city. Unfortunately i don’t think they see the obvious.

  • erik says:

    Please enlighten me. Who cares if this dimwit is charged or not I’m guessing she will never try this again come hell or high water. Anyway if she is charged what happens to the money she will have to pay when she is fined?
    Also why do they have this unreadable CAPTCHA at the end of this?

  • Guest28451 says:

    Good-mother nature at work.

  • Guest says:

    I was at that intersection when the accident happened. It was quite a scene, I heard her screaming, then it stopped when I saw her rolling under the man’s trailer. Glad to hear she will be alright. As for the rest of you…use a crosswalk.

  • Brian says:

    There is no excuse for stupid.

    But, Wilmington does need to add more crosswalks and pedestrian traffic signals at the more busy intersections.

Leave a Reply