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

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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.

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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.