UPDATE: Driver in fatal crash identified; deputy out of hospital

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Submitted: Sat, 01/07/2012 - 4:50am
Updated: Sun, 01/08/2012 - 2:18am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputy is out of the hospital after an overnight crash that left another driver dead.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says Dep. D.M. Dombrowski was on routine patrol traveling south on Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway around 1:30 a.m. when a vehicle crossed the median and hit Dombrowski’s cruiser head on. The driver, 50-year-old Jimmy Jay Furr of Leland, was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators say Furr was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Listen to Dep. Dombrowski call in the crash and the emergency response

Dep. Dombrowski was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with serious but non-life threatening injuries. He was released earlier this morning. Dombrowski was wearing his seat belt.

Investigators at the scene said Furr may have been drunk but the toxicology report is still pending. The highway was closed to all traffic in both directions for a while because of the crash.

The Wilmington Police Department is investigating.

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36 Comments on "UPDATE: Driver in fatal crash identified; deputy out of hospital"

rick pittman
2015 years 8 months ago

The comments here seem to center around the driver and whether he was drunk or not. , the story above “suggests” intoxication with no evidence. We need to call out the media when they write things like this with no thought for the families involved.Will WWAY TV3 apologise for the “suggestion” of intoxication if the toxicology report comes back negative?…..doubtful considering their shameful record.

Scott Pickey
2015 years 8 months ago

Rick – thanks for your comment.

Please note that WE, as a TV station, did not say if Mr. Furr was drunk or not when the wreck happened. We reported that “investigators at the scene said Furr may have been drunk but the toxicology report is still pending.”

And yes, if the police department or the sheriff’s department sends us the toxicology report, we’ll pass along the results no matter what they say.


Scott Pickey
WWAY News Director

2015 years 8 months ago

Before we pass judgement it would be nice to have all the information. Toxicology will provide that. Second if you drink and get into your car then drive, you have shown your total disregard for innocent lives and you ABSOLUTELY DESERvE to die and I hope you do before you kill someone’s wife, kid, mom, dad, etc!!!

2015 years 8 months ago

Backgroung on this guy shows one traffic citation for an infraction in Brunswick county. Get a grip people

2015 years 8 months ago

I believe the artical read Mr Furr was not wearing his seat belt. That should remind us all what the seat belts in our cars are for.
I send my prayers to the family of Mr. Furr and Dep. D.M. Dombrowski.
Having been in a head on collision myself,
I can tell you that it is something that will not be forgotten. We must learn from this accident and make sure we are all safe in the cars we are in. Seatbelt and ALL.
Be safe and may God Bless each of you.