UPDATE: Driver who ended up on wrong side of MLK guardrail faces charges

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Submitted: Thu, 10/24/2013 - 3:49am
Updated: Thu, 10/24/2013 - 3:49am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police say a driver who lost control of his car on MLK Parkway in Wilmington will face charges.

Around 7:45 Wednesday morning, a driver was reaching for a cap to his drink when he lost control and went off the road. His car was left hanging off the side of an embankment near the Burgaw exit.

Police say no one was hurt, and the car never flipped over.

The driver is charged with careless and reckless driving.


  • Nancy Gulliver says:

    It could have been your vehicle this person hit, would that have made for a more somber quip from you? The driver was not paying attention to the 3700 lb. vehicle that would have been used as a weapon if it had hit you.

  • Guest350 says:

    The charge seems a little harsh for what appears to be a true accident. If it had been an officer reaching for something, for instance a donut, and wrecked his cruiser, would he have been charged? Guess they have to generate fines from somewhere, regardless of how minor the offense. He tore his vehicle up. This just adds true insult to his injury.

  • guesty says:

    There is no such that as an automobile accident. It is a wreck or a crash that was entirely preventable. They are caused by a persons negligent behavior. He didn’t need to reach for the cap while driving, could have left it there until he reached his destination. A driver runs a red light and wrecks into another car? That was either inattention or carelessness of the driver. Hydroplane and wreck? You were driving too fast for the current road conditions.

  • guest3367 says:

    A donut? Is that really the best you could come up with? You are pathetic.

  • guestifer says:

    Careless and reckless for a bottle cap? Yet people can text and wreck with considerably less penalty. What a crock.

  • bottlecap says:

    Careless and reckless is defined as “Any person who drives any vehicle upon a highway or any public vehicular area without due caution and circumspection and at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger or be likely to endanger any person or property shall be guilty of reckless driving.”

    I think he is guilty..

  • Guestomfg says:

    Did he spill the drink?

  • 1492 says:

    Except for the fact that you were not 100% right you are 100% correct. Except for not being 100% right,of course.

    “It is a wreck or a crash that was entirely preventable” … unless, of course, the accident occurred as a result of equipment failure.

  • Yep says:

    Think about this, a large tree limbs falls directly in front of you – you are traveling under the speed limit and still have no time to avoid the tree limb and you hit the tree limb. Why is this now the fault of the driver? The limb falling has nothing to do with the driver, and the driver could do nothing to avoid said limb.

    It is not always the fault of the driver.

  • guesty says:

    Most of the time when equipment fails, it is due to neglect. That then falls under negligence. Did the operator properly inspect before operating it? I know nobody crawls under their car before every trip, but if you know something isn’t quite right but just haven’t had time to get it to the garage, you are negligent. Or it could be faulty from the factory, then it is negligence on behalf of the manufacturer.

  • guesty says:

    Someone is responsible for checking to make sure the tree wasn’t dead, dying or diseased? If the large limb is hanging over the roadway (like sections of Market St) then the city is responsible to ensure they are healthy and to have an arborist check them and make recommendations if trimming is needed. If it is on private property, then the property owner is at fault. Good luck getting them to pay but they are still at fault.

  • Actions says:

    All actions can be prevented. But just because you didnt prevent them doesnt mean it was done intentionally, therefor making it an accident. If no one was hurt the damage and cost of vehicle is punishment enough. Only good a ticket is in this situation is a fine or court cost if it even goes to that. This person will waste their hard earned money and time to hire a lawyer to get charges dropped or PJC. SO a total waste of resources of time and money for these charges to be filed.The insurance company is the real winner here. RATES WILL RISE!!

  • Guest2020 says:

    He intentionally took his attention from his driving to retrieve a bottle cap that could have been left there until he stopped his car. He didn’t hurt anyone, but he very easily could have if another car was in his vicinity. It’s a good thing he wasn’t in an area with pedestrians when he ran his car off the road.

    If this person didn’t want to spend his hard-earned money on hiring an attorney and dealing with the costs incurred by his reckless behavior, then he should have put his driving first and his bottle cap second.

  • Brian says:

    I’d be willing to bet that there was more to this than is being reported. One doesn’t vault over a guard rail as a result of simply reaching for a bottle cap. My guess is that there was some excessive speed involved as well.

  • Bobby Smith says:

    He reached for a bottle cap, careless and reckless is a pretty serious charge, fortunately no one was injured… he should not be charged so seriously. I watch police, whom I have mad respect for, driving down the road, using their laptops… but texting is illegal? give the guy a break.

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