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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A driver who lost control, crashing into two parked cars and a pedestrian on downtown’s Front Street Friday night is charged with DWI and reckless driving.

Police say it all started when a black car speeding down busy S. Front Street crossed over the center double, yellow lines, swerved and then over-corrected. An officer with WPD says the man lost control when swerving to avoid a taxi.

That’s when police say he collided with two parked cars before one of them was pushed forward into a parking meter, causing it to break off. Officers say the driver also hit a pedestrian walking on the same sidewalk where the parked cars were sitting, just inches away from the Old Antiques of Wilmington shop.

The driver, Anthony Ricardo Fields, Jr., of Delco, was transported to the hospital, along with his passenger and pedestrian. He is charged with DWI and careless and reckless driving.

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8 Comments on "UPDATE: Driver who crashed into pedestrian, parked cars charged"

2015 years 8 months ago

Crossing the street at Front Street and Dock Street. Car came within two feet of hitting me and my friend. The car was travelling at a high rate of speed and we did not hear the driver hit the brakes…We only heard the impact of the collision. One of hundreds wondering what happened with that car and driver.

2015 years 8 months ago

Thank ABS brake for no longer hearing the warning someone is about to crash into you and be able to avoid it.. I’ve avoided many a collision by hearing screeching tires and moving forward/aside/whatever but our “save people from themselves” rather than teach them to drive (or pay attention) culture has taken that away.

2015 years 8 months ago

Last weekend there was a similar speeding car crashing into a parked car at South Front and Nun. My question, why is there little to no enforcement on speeding Wave buses, taxis and the downtown drinking crowd on Front, Third and Fifth St.? With all the crime in public housing I think we have turned our great police force into a reaction force, vice policing agency. We need more law enforcement, comparable with our growth and the demand, vice budget constraints. We know how to rezone and increase density downtown, now it’s time to manage and resource the needs that go with this growth..
Where is the leadership on the real issue, as walkers bikers, shoppers we are in greater danger from vehicles than any other threat in Wilmington or New Hanover County!

Tracie C
2015 years 8 months ago

Let me see if I understand your line of thinking: the police department is now responsible for the way people drive and their foolish choices such as DUI?
My question: when are people going to wise up, stop drinking and driving and PAY ATTENTION to the roads when they drive?
These are the responsibilities of every driver on the road NOT the police department.

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2015 years 8 months ago
2015 years 8 months ago

It is ridiculous how some of the people drive in Wilmington. My husband and I had to go there today to the VA. In the drive from city limits to the VA, I saw two of the Wave buses speeding. Heading back out of Wilmington, two drivers ran red lights (not orange) but full red lights, they didn’t even slow down. No wonder there is so many accidents in Wilmington.

2015 years 8 months ago

Why do we give money to moooives ? nothing but damn trouble and and accidents?

STOP ALL MOOOOOVIES in Wimmintongon!

2015 years 8 months ago

To the lady from out of town,Lights are not orange. They are red, yellow and green. And Vog, what did this wreck have to do with the movies?


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