Officer, trainee crash into SUV

June 1, 2009 4:15:03 AM PDT
A Raleigh police officer and a trainee in a cruiser slammed into another car Saturday night.Officials say Officer David Naumuk and an academy trainee, Patrick Browne, were speeding down Jones Franklin Road near Athens Drive when it happened.

According to the Watch Commander, Naumuk was on his way to check in with another officer when he hit the SUV as it was backing out of a driveway. Officials say Naumuk tried to avoid the vehicle, but was not able to. The SUV overturned as a result of the collision.

"All of a sudden, real quick, I saw him and there was nowhere for me to go," said Edwin Cannon the driver of the SUV. "I just braced, and everything else is kind of a blackout. All I know is I felt like I was lifted, then I'm looking at my car and it obviously was lifted, being upside down and I'm crawling out."

Cannon was taken to Rex Hospital with minor injuries. Naumuk and Browne were not seriously hurt.

"Some cuts on the side of my head," Cannon said. "It's a miracle, if you see my car on the ground. It's a blessing that I'm alive right now."

Neighbors startled by the sound of the crash say they feared the worst.

"We heard a very, very loud collision," neighbor Rashid Salahad said. "I rushed this way to find the SUV was turned upside down."

Officials do not know how fast Naumuk was traveling, but he was found to be at fault in the accident.

Eyewitness News has learned he'll be treated like any other person in that position.

Cannon's not mad at the lawman.

"I'm just glad that he's okay," he said. "I'm just glad that the two of us survived something like that!"

The wreck is still under investigation and charges are pending.


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