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UPDATE: Driver in fatal crash identified; deputy out of hospital

READ MORE: UPDATE: Driver in fatal crash identified; deputy out of hospital
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A New Hanover County Sheriff's deputy is out of the hospital after an overnight crash that left another driver dead.

Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says Dep. D.M. Dombrowski was on routine patrol traveling south on Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway around 1:30 a.m. when a vehicle crossed the median and hit Dombrowski's cruiser head on. The driver, 50-year-old Jimmy Jay Furr of Leland, was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators say Furr was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Listen to Dep. Dombrowski call in the crash and the emergency response

Dep. Dombrowski was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with serious but non-life threatening injuries. He was released earlier this morning. Dombrowski was wearing his seat belt.

Investigators at the scene said Furr may have been drunk but the toxicology report is still pending. The highway was closed to all traffic in both directions for a while because of the crash.

The Wilmington Police Department is investigating.

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Why?

Because truth bothers you? I expect people to be held accountable for their actions. If he decided to drive drunk, then he brought these consequences on to himself. If he suffered a medical condition that caused him to wreck, then the IF part of my statement comes into play.

My Lord. "IF", that is quite

My Lord. "IF", that is quite the word of choice among those who truly do not know or care to find out the facts in a truly horrific tragedy. I know nothing about this case; however, after reading all the commentaries written by those who I "guess" have nothing better to do that tell others, especially family members of the man who died, that this man got what he deserved, is just plain lunacy. It is obvious that none of you are a deputy, officer, DA, or judge. Laws are passed for a reason. Those who break the law get punished. People do screw up and sometimes they are no longer around to learn from some of the most important mistakes of all. Not wearing a seat belt does not constitute you should die because of it. No one is perfect, especially not me and without a doubt not many of you. Just remember what goes around comes around. And sometimes the best pay back a person can get is when the good Lord allows those to witness the punishment He hands down. No one, can beat that. NO ONE!! This man's punishment for this accident was not death. His punishment was handed down by those who spoke (wrote) without thinking first. Not only could you have or most likely you did sully this man's reputation, but you, and you know who you are, deeply hurt the one's this man loved. Once you speak or write something whether it be right or wrong, there is no taking it back. The mental harm has already done the damage. Now it is time for this man's family to sit back, watch or listen, and see how God handles THE HATERS. One last time, WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND. People should be wise to listen, because YOU know it is true. My prayers go out to all of this man's family and friends in their time of sorrow.

The truth doesn't bother me,

The truth doesn't bother me, Guesty. It's the lack of it, as in your case that does. Truth involves facts that have validity and can be proven which you have none. But the bigger issue here is your attitude. How can you say such cruel things about someone else "getting what they deserve. Who are you to judge? You sound very uneducated, immature, not to mention cold hearted.

A few answers

You ask who am I to judge? I'm a licensed driver in the state of North Carolina that could have been the one he hit. I'm also allowed my opinion and that is IF he was driving drunk, justice was served. And that is the truth. Better him than an innocent driver.

You ask how can I say such cruel things? He also didn't have enough sense to wear a seat belt, a poor choice that he made. Don't like it, don't read it.

"IF"

I love how some people on here always have to force there "what if" scenarios on everyone... You don't know this man at all but your all ready to speak your "If's". Why not wait and see the results of the investigation then you would have facts. You say "Because the truth bothers you?" but you make comments without any facts or truths... You do realize that "IF" terrorists didn't exist that the World Trade Towers would still be standing... Stop the nonsense!

Yep

I don't think anybody is forcing "there" scenarios on anybody. It is an opinion of mine that IF he was driving drunk, he got what he deserved. I would rather the drunk driver die than an innocent driver. You were not forced to read my post or to respond to it. Much like everything in life, you made a choice.
My choice is no sympathy for any criminals. And before the liberals come crying "what if that was your brother, uncle, father etc" I will still have the same position.