UPDATE: Charges filed in crash involving SUV and semi-truck


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Submitted: Thu, 06/21/2012 - 3:41am
Updated: Thu, 06/21/2012 - 12:56pm
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The driver of a SUV that wound up crushed under a tractor-trailer’s load has been charged for causing the accident.

New Hanover County Dispatch says an employee at the State Port called in an accident involving a SUV and tractor-trailer. Dispatchers say the worker saw the accident around 2:30 p.m. on a surveillance camera.

Wilmington Police say the Ford Explorer was traveling on Shipyard Boulevard toward the State Port when it crashed into the semi, which was turning left from Burnett Boulevard onto Shipyard.

The SUV slid underneath the center part of the semi. The 18-wheeler was transporting a concrete bridge railing with a NC Department of Transportation sign on it.

WPD Ofc. Mark Anderson says the driver of the Explorer, Jonathan Chase Hodges, 25, walked away from the scene with only a few scratches. The driver of the semi was not injured.

Anderson says Hodges claims he had briefly looked down right before the crash and did not have time to stop. Police charged Hodges with possession of drug paraphernalia and careless and reckless driving.

According to video obtained by the Port of Wilmington, the driver of the semi had fully stopped before turning left into the intersection.

12 Comments

  • Jonathan Hodges says:

    It has been about two years since this accident. I am the person that was driving the Explorer. Despite the fact that probably nobody is going to ever read this, I feel it is necessary to explain exactly what happened. Truth be told, I was trying to plug in my car charger so I could call my father to tell him about the drug rehabilitation center that I had just visited and attempted to submit myself. I never even saw the 18-wheeler and still to this day, I don’t understand how i didn’t see it. For the record, I was not under the influence of any illicit drugs, alcohol or anything of the sort. The paraphanalia was for syringes, not related to marijuana but it’s amusing how people automatically assume that I was rolling “a doob”.
    It really doesn’t matters who’s fault it was, I firmly believe that there was some sort of devine intervention involved with the incident. My life has changed dramatically since then. 6 months after that wreck I had a massive stroke and lost about 1/16 of my brain… Regardles of how traumatic the events were, they changed my life for the better and I am convinced that they were the best things that could have happened to me. I am now drug and alcohol free, I volunteer, I have substituted drugs for excersize and for the first time in a long time I can say that I am a decent person.
    There has been way too much that has happened in my life in the last few years to list on this but I hope one day to share my story with the world. It may just blow your mind haha. If anyone reads this, My name is Jonathan Chase Hodges. I go by Chase, so look me up on facebook.

  • Guest2020 says:

    It is truly amazing that the driver walked away.

  • Guest12345 says:

    I understand that the driver of car was textin an the driver of the truck got the ticket!! thats just a little messed u if ya ask me!! if the dummy wasnt textin an was payin attention, it wouldnt have happened!!

  • Guest61246 says:

    The report mentions nothing about the SUV driver texting. If he indeed was, he should have been cited for that. It does not change the fact that the trucker should have waited for traffic to clear. Also, with a load this long, there should have been a flagman to stop traffic until the truck could make his turn.

  • GuestKen says:

    WOW. Almost seems like drug paraphernalia is standard issue in every motor vehicle today for it to be involved in a crash. Is there no one that can have an accident without it in their vehicle?

  • Guest-ahh says:

    Beam is around +60′ in length, it takes a while to pull out and even make that turn. Seeing how the SUV went underneath near the back wheels it definately did not pull out in front of the SUV. IF he could not see that crossing in front of him and stop then he really should not have been driving in the first place. Thats why they call it dope!

  • Guest61246 says:

    OK, let’s forget about the drug paraphernalia charges and get back to basics. The Explorer had the right-of-way. The truck, even though it did stop, did not wait for the other vehicle to clear the intersection. Why was the trucker not charged? Did the police use their powers to punish the SUV driver because of the drug-related stuff? I guarantee if it had be a cop car or some prominent person, the trucker would have been charged. And law enforcement wonders why the public is losing respect for them.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Having the right of way doesn’t absolve you of responsibility in an accident. About fifteen years ago, my sister was involved in an accident. She was pulling out from a side road when a man hit her. He was citing for failure to reduce speed in order to prevent an accident. He thought, like you did, that since he was on the right of way that if he hit her that she would get the ticket, but it doesn’twork that way.

  • ILM NATIVE says:

    were there, they are required when moving a beam this long per the NC permit for the movement. I know this as I have hauled and escorted them myself. I know for a fact Parks Trucking uses them as some friends of mine that escort as well as myself have worked for them. We have had cars pass us when we were 17 feet wide and with escorts and police as escorts on some jobs..four wheelers do stupid thing as this idiot did.

  • Guest211 says:

    IN THE ABOVE ARTICLE, I DIDN’T READ WHERE EITHER DRIVER WAS TEXTING. IT SAID ” HE BRIEFLY LOOKED DOWN”. IF YOU ARE DRIVING DOWN SHIPYARD BLVD. (WHICH IS STRAIGHT AS AN ARROW”) AND YOU SEE A HUGE VEHICLE WITH AN I-BEAM ON IT, ARE YOU GOING TO STOP OR SLAM INTO IT JUST BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY? AS FOR THE DRUG STUFF, I WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF A THREE VEHICLE WRECK AND NONE OF US HAD DRUGS, SO I GUESS ITS NOT A REQUIREMENT.

  • ILM NATIVE says:

    flagmen and escort trucks with the load..the idiot decided to try and outrun the truck and load.

  • RSimmons says:

    That scene where Buford T Justice and his son Junior are distracted and drive under a semi-truck hauling a big ibeam and they shear the roof off. Maybe they were rollin’ a Doob too?

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