Wake deputy injured in crash on I-440 Wednesday night

From staff reportsNovember 14, 2013 

— A Wake County sheriff’s deputy was slightly injured Wednesday night when his patrol car was struck from behind at a highway construction site on Interstate 440.

Emergency workers transported Bradley Alan Hart, 26, to WakeMed for treatment, according to Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue.

A 63-year-old motorist, Marie Therese Pitts, was cited by police for making an unsafe movement, Sughrue said.

The accident occurred shortly after 10 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of I-440 near the U.S. 264 exit.

Hart’s patrol car was stationary and was at the site to alert motorists that they were entering a construction zone. The patrol car’s overhead lights were activated at the time of the crash, Sughrue said.

Investigators determined that Pitts was driving a 2003 Buick in a lane that exited onto the U.S. 264 ramp, then decided to change lanes and remain on I-440. The Buick rear-ended the patrol car as she was making that movement.

Pitts was not injured, Sughrue reported.

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