Man hit by cop, gets ticket

Randy Davidson

January 27, 2011 2:40:05 PM PST
Twenty-seven-year-old Randy Davidson told ABC11 he was feeling a little gimpy Thursday. That's not surprising since he was hit by a car 12 hours earlier.

Davidson said it happened under the I-540 overpass on Glenwood Avenue near Brier Creek. He had just left his workplace on T W Alexander Drive a short time earlier and was walking to a friend's house. With no sidewalks on that section of Glenwood, he decided to walk in the median.

That's when he was hit by a Raleigh police car.

"I land and I'm holding my arm, and I notice the car down the road is still in this left lane right here. He throws on lights. And I'm like, whoa, the policeman just hit me," said Davidson.

Davidson said he injured his arm and has bruises and abrasions on his back and shoulder. He was taken to the hospital where he learned he would be cited for impeding the flow of traffic.

"I shouldn't be punished for his mistake that he made. I, they charged me. I'm in the hospital. They charge me for hitting me," said Davidson.

Who was really at fault comes down to who you believe. In the wreck report the officer claims Davidson was in the travel lane. Davidson, using Google maps, showed ABC11 where he says he was - on the left shoulder.

The report reads: "He stated that he was walking in the median but didn't have good traction, and wanted to pick up speed so he began walking in the road."

"It was muddy. I wasn't getting any speed and I wanted to make sure I got some speed. It was cold. I'm trying to move," said Davidson.

Davidson said he did get onto the edge of the pavement, but not in the travel lane.

"There was no way I would be in the middle of the street," he said.

So the dispute comes down to a matter of inches and it may be resolved by a dash camera in the police cruiser which Davidson said he thinks will back him up.

"You would see exactly what I say," he offered.

As noted in the police report, Davidson was wearing a black leather jacket, jeans and black shoes. But he said he was also wearing a long orange T-shirt that was hanging way out from under the jacket.

There is one thing no one disputes.

"It could have been worse. I could have lost my life. I could have lost my life," said Davidson.

ABC 11 asked to see the cruiser's dash cam video, but police refused saying it is evidence in the case.

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