FIRST ON 3: Witnesses accuse state senator of hit and run

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Submitted: Tue, 05/06/2014 - 3:58am
Updated: Tue, 05/06/2014 - 4:57pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Witnesses say a state senator was behind the wheel of a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run accident in downtown Wilmington last night.

The crew of a movie shooting on Princess Street says they saw Sen. Bill Rabon (R-8th District) drive off after hitting a parked car in a parking lot at 2nd and Princess, but the senator says he had no idea.

A witness, who did not want to go on camera, says he saw a man in a white GMC Sierra hit another car before trying to take off. The man says he stepped in to see if the driver was OK and to make sure he would “do the right thing,” but he was surprised when the driver instead drove off and never returned.”

The witness told officers the driver was Sen. Rabon. He says Rabon told him he would make it right before leaving.

The general manager of The Greeks restaurant next door says he and his staff were finishing up a meeting when they heard the commotion.

“We heard a big sound. We were back here in the parking lot, so we didn’t think much of it, and we run out here and we just saw a white truck, like a GMC Sierra basically almost peeling out of here,” Yanni Papanikoulaou said.

Rabon, a self-proclaimed bad driver, says he thinks he had a few drinks with Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-18th District) after Sunday afternoon’s film rally, but he says he was not impaired when he got in his car to drive home.

Rabon, who admits he has trouble hearing, says he thought the person who walked up to him was directing traffic and asked if he was turning right. He says if he hit a car, he had no idea, but would be more than happy to pay for any damage he may have caused.

Wilmington police say they are investigating but have not identified the driver yet. They say the car involved in the accident is a white GMC Sierra registered to Rabon.

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57 Comments on "FIRST ON 3: Witnesses accuse state senator of hit and run"

Timothy Turner
2015 years 8 months ago

“Sounds just like a Republican to me. Does whatever he wants and then lies or refuses to talk to cover it up.” Sounds more like a Dem to me; that was sure what Bill Clinton did about Monica!

sweetfire lizzie
2015 years 8 months ago

I bet those hippies crashed his GMC Sierra into a parked car and THEN put the Senator behind the wheel. Any more “he’s a victim of the liberal agenda” theories? Seriously, the man left the scene because he knew he would likely blow DUI levels. There is only one thing politicians are good at, covering their backside.

2015 years 8 months ago

It figures.
They go to a “rally” that shows how LITTLE film supporters care.
They get disappointed by the limited turnout and what do the politicians do?
They do what everyone does down town.
they get all liquored up.
Republican and Democrats – males and female.
Rabon was stupid enough to whack another vehicle.
Susie did the Democratic thing and crawled home.
Mayor ‘Poofy Do probably drove ’cause he is the Mayor.

Why does NONE of this surprise me??


2015 years 8 months ago

The film crew were there filming while a film protest against Politicians voting about film incentives was going on, something sounds fishy about whether that yellow car tapped into Rabons truck as a set up. All these witnesses suddenly sounds fishy too, the Greeks restaurant is close chums with the film people. Rabon’s truck was there unattended in the film crews reach for hours, none of this makes sense.

2015 years 8 months ago

Sounds like a Republican, huh?? If the senator is guilty of this minor accident and leaving the scene he must have learned that trick from “the Lion of the Senate” Ted Kennedy (DEMOCRAT-MASS) who was drunk, ran off a bridge into a creek, drowning his female “companion” and leaving her in the bottom of the creek until Teddy felt politically safe enough to report the accident the next day. He never checked to see if Mary Jo had survived or anything until his political ducks were in order. Just in case you missed it, Kennedy was a DEMOCRAT and was the darling of the democrat party.