Troopers with the N.C. State Highway Patrol have cleared a Wilmington officer of charges in a crash involving a pedestrian early Monday morning.
The wreck happened at about 3 a.m. Monday in the area of Castle Hayne Road and McRae Street, less than a half-mile from department headquarters, according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Linda Rawley.
A 33-year-old man wrapped in a grey blanket was reportedly walking in the middle of Castle Hayne Road. A witness told police that the officer, who was patrolling in the area, was not able to see the man in the road when he eventually struck him, Rawley said.
The pedestrian was walking south on the shoulder of the roadway and was hit by the southbound traveling patrol car as he walked east into the street, according to N.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. H.A. Cannady. Both the pedestrian and the patrol car came to rest in the roadway.
Rawley said the man was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The officer involved in the wreck, 48-year-old Raymond Luce, will not be charged in the case. Luce has been with the police department for about two years.
Though the pedestrian was a contributing factor in the wreck, Cannady said the investigation is closed and no charges were filed against the 33-year-old man or the officer.