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By Brian Freskos

WILMINGTON, NC (StarNewsOnline.com) — The search for the driver who might have been thrown from a van that crashed Monday night along River Road in New Hanover County was called off shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday, N.C. Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. Troy Pope said.

River Road, which had been closed from Cathay Road toward Carolina Beach during the search, was reopened.

Pope said the driver of the work van was headed toward Carolina Beach on River Road about 9 p.m. Monday when the van hit a culvert, flipped over in a driveway at 6708 River Road and landed upside down in a marsh.

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2015 years 8 months ago

Something tells me that the person was not thrown from the vehicle, but left on food as he/she had a good reason for not wanting to speak with the police upon their arrival. Probably too early to really understand what happened since there is very little information in this article right now, but I thought I would just toss one possibility out there.

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2015 years 8 months ago

Maybe the van was operated by Remote Control. That would stump the Pole-Lease!
WPD needs to inquire to NASA about having a satellite aimed at “All Times” at Wilmington’s roads…then go back and review the tape after each wreck here and see what happened! A 24/7 Operation!
The End

2015 years 8 months ago

I’m just going to wildly guess, but I’m pretty sure they would have explored that possiblity. I doubt this is the SHP’s first day investigating severe collisions.

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2015 years 8 months ago

Well Intuition it looks as though you were right. He was arrested tonight charged with No license, No Insurance, and leaving the scene of a crime. I hope he also gets the bill for the resources that were used to try to find his sorry self.


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