UPDATE: Police release identity of pedestrian killed in hit-and-run, investigation continues


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Submitted: Mon, 04/08/2013 - 3:51pm
Updated: Mon, 04/08/2013 - 11:49pm
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police continue investigating a traffic crash that killed a pedestrian Friday night.

Police say James Alan Lawson, 53, of Wilmington, died in the crash.

The accident happened around 9:15 p.m. on Market Street near 25th Street. Lawson’s body was found on the north side of Market Street in the 2500 block.

Police say witnesses told them the driver of a white Jeep ran off the road, hit the man on the sidewalk and drove off.

According to the Watch Commander, WPD officers found a Jeep matching the description given. The driver was questioned but has since been released. Police say they are looking for more information in the case.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Wilmington Police Department at (910) 343-3600.

7 Comments

  • Kevin Wuzzardo says:

    Thanks for your feedback, but please check your facts. Just the other day we had another hit and run in town. Check out the story and see the description of the driver it included:

    http://www.wwaytv3.com/2013/04/02/first-3-18-wheeler-nearly-hits-man-continues-driving

    Here’s our standard: If all you have is a race and a gender, it’s not enough, and we should not just report that. For example, saying police are looking for a black male or a white male does not narrow down the pool of possible suspects, as that vague description fits far too many people.

    But if there is more, then we do report it, like if we have a description of height, weight, hair, eyes, clothing, vehicle, etc. For example, in this story, witnesses say it was a white man in a white Jeep. That narrows things down. In the other story, it was a black man driving a white tractor-trailer with a blue logo who turned from Princess Place Drive left onto 23rd Street.

    Hope this clarifies things for you.

    Thanks
    KEVIN WUZZARDO
    News Content Manager
    WWAY NewsChannel 3

  • Thereisnonews says:

    Unbelievable…you stated in the story that the driver was a white male…If the driver was a black male, you wouldn’t have touched that fact with a 30 foot pole. This is just as bad as removing “illegal immigrant” from the AP stylebook. Quit dancing around story facts just because 90 percent of the media has white guilt issues. As journalists, you all should be embarrassed.

  • Guest1211 says:

    There is NOTHING stated in the story about what the driver looked like..Idiot..It was a White jeep…Unbelievable!!!!!!

    I’m so sorry for the family that is about to get this horrible news of there lost loved one! God bless!!

  • GuestReality says:

    Who could ever be so cold as to drive off and leave a dying man on the sidewalk? There’s no doubt in my mind that this is an alcohol related event. I hope they find this scumbag and throw away the key. He’s cold and heartless and deserves nothing less.

  • Fred pedersen says:

    you all need to check the facts. As I read the story, I saw a white Jeep, a 53 year old white male victim, and no description of the driver. Did I miss something?

  • Abby says:

    Good for you to clarify Kevin, people that go right for the race card make me sick.

    Thank you for supporting yourself and your reports and putting that person in their place. You reported the story the way it was given to you. You guys do anything and everything you can do help get the word out to us citizens of the community.

    He is just an ungrateful person. Good job to you Kevin & to WWAY for all the reports and the descriptions they provide.

  • OtherGuest says:

    Your standard states that if the only information available is whether a person is white/black and male/female, then that information is too vague to narrow down the pool of possible suspects. While I agree that “white(black)/male(female)” is a vague description, it certainly does narrow down the pool of suspects. It precludes all possible combinations except the specific stated combination (white male or black male or white female or black female).

    Does political correctness trump logic and common sense?

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