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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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  • Sandra B

    Thank you for the comments you made ..Jimmy was my brother and would never drink let alone drive and drink ..he was a missionary to jamaica and haiti and he collected cans of all kinds , collected clothes, and raised thousands of dollars for medicines and help for these countries..it really saddens me to tell you that Robin has passed ..four weeks and two days after Jimmy passed..PRAISE GOD THEY ARE TOGETHER IN HEAVEN NOW…It has been very hurtful to our family because some of the comments…Its sad people judged him and didn’t even know him..i just really wanted to take a min and let you know i appreciate your kind words ,and for standing up for him..sorry it has taken so long to reply.but its been a hard two months ..GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU SAFE..SANDRA

  • Sandra B

    This is to inform everyone who thought he was drunk….i know he would never drink…he died before the crash due to health problems..he would never have endangered anyone knowingly..He was a missionary to Jamacia..and to Haiti and was a good man who collected cans of all kinds to send money and to buy clothes and medicine to take on mission trips..He loved the Lord and his wife Robin ..It was very hurtful to his family for the comments made that he deserved this before you even knew why he died..shame on you who did this or thought it …in america is not it innocent until proven guilty..even though he would forgive you for judging him and the comments you made..i sure hope the next time you read something like this you wait to see what the reasoning is before you open your mouths..His precious wife Robin passed four weeks and two days after this accident..THANK GOD THEY ARE TOGETHER NOW,,.. HIS LOVING SISTER SANDRA…

  • Scott Pickey

    Rick – thanks for your comment.

    Please note that WE, as a TV station, did not say if Mr. Furr was drunk or not when the wreck happened. We reported that “investigators at the scene said Furr may have been drunk but the toxicology report is still pending.”

    And yes, if the police department or the sheriff’s department sends us the toxicology report, we’ll pass along the results no matter what they say.


    Scott Pickey
    WWAY News Director

  • rick pittman

    The comments here seem to center around the driver and whether he was drunk or not. , the story above “suggests” intoxication with no evidence. We need to call out the media when they write things like this with no thought for the families involved.Will WWAY TV3 apologise for the “suggestion” of intoxication if the toxicology report comes back negative?…..doubtful considering their shameful record.

  • Native Wilmingtonian

    Welcome to the real world! CSI and NCIS’ Abby don’t exist. Tests do not come back that quickly, even in murder cases which this is not. It will take a few days for the tox screen to be done. The more important tests are the ones that show hormones and enzymes relased as a result of certain medical conditions. They take even longer.
    Patience before accusation and mind making, PLEASE !

  • Guest23

    We knew who Mr. Furr was and he was a good man. His wife is terminally ill and was called upon to go see her then. So anyone that judges a person whether here on earth or not take a good look in the mirror before you open your mouth.

  • BEMS

    As the wife of one of NH’s Deputies, I would like to say I am truly feeling for “Ski” and his family. All of us at NHSO feel the pain, when someone is hurt (or worse). Im thankful that he is still with us. As for the other driver, no matter what happened to cause him to go into the other lane (checking his cell, or dui, or a medical problem), nothing can change what has happened. I feel for his family and friends-its always hard to lose a loved one. I say, we should all come together and take care of one another. God Bless and keep you safe.

  • Lvsdasnow

    I believe the artical read Mr Furr was not wearing his seat belt. That should remind us all what the seat belts in our cars are for.
    I send my prayers to the family of Mr. Furr and Dep. D.M. Dombrowski.
    Having been in a head on collision myself,
    I can tell you that it is something that will not be forgotten. We must learn from this accident and make sure we are all safe in the cars we are in. Seatbelt and ALL.
    Be safe and may God Bless each of you.

  • Guest1221we

    Backgroung on this guy shows one traffic citation for an infraction in Brunswick county. Get a grip people

  • Guest7969

    Before we pass judgement it would be nice to have all the information. Toxicology will provide that. Second if you drink and get into your car then drive, you have shown your total disregard for innocent lives and you ABSOLUTELY DESERvE to die and I hope you do before you kill someone’s wife, kid, mom, dad, etc!!!

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