Driver flees interstate crash, victim hospitalized

Jimmy Brown

December 30, 2009 12:51:16 PM PST
Authorities say a car hit another on I-40 near Harrison Avenue and kept going, leaving the driver with a broken neck.The victim, Jimmy Brown, remains hospitalized at Wake Med.

The 49-year-old says he doesn't remember what happened after a silver Lexus slammed into his Geo Prizm on I-40 early Sunday morning.

"I don't remember the hit or anything," Brown said. "It happened so fast."

But he says he can describe what he heard moments before impact.

"Vrooooom, vroooom," he said. "That car was going very fast like it was on a race car track."

Authorities believe the driver of the Lexus was traveling at a high rate of speed when it rear-ended Brown on the highway.

"He was in my lane," Brown said. "He was going so fast I didn't have time to move."

With nowhere to go, Brown says he braced for the worst.

"The last thing I remember saying to myself was, 'oh no,' then I woke up and I was on the stretcher," he said.

Doctors say Brown has a fractured neck and will likely be in a neck brace for a while.

"They're telling me to be very, very cautious," Brown said. "I can move the wrong way and end up being paralyzed."

Still, he says he considers himself lucky to be alive and says it could have happened to anyone.

"I was in the wrong lane, at the wrong time," Brown said.

He says its a stroke of fate that could have caused his death and that's why he says he would like to ask the driver of the Lexus a few questions.

"The first question I would ask is where were you going, why were you going that fast," Brown said.

On Wednesday, the Highway Patrol told Eyewitness News that the Lexus had been reported stolen from a mechanic shop on Capital Boulevard.

Police say the owner left it there on the Dec. 24 and told the mechanics to leave the keys inside for him. When the owner went to pick up on Dec. 28, it was gone.

The driver of the Lexus was picked up in a white car with PA registration shortly after the accident, but authorities have not released any other details about the incident.

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