Troopers charge DWI after pickup hits tire-changers on U.S. 64 in eastern Wake

From staff reportsNovember 14, 2013 

— The State Highway Patrol says the driver of a pickup truck was impaired and texting when he hit two men as they changed a tire on the side of U.S. 64 near Lizard Lick Road on Thursday evening.

Tony Level Richardson, 47, of 47 Straight St. in Angier was arrested at the scene and charged with DWI and not wearing a seat belt.

The men who were hit were working on a landscaping trailer on the off-ramp to Lizard Lick Road at about 6:10 p.m. Thursday, according to the citation for Richardson. The driver “was texting and driving and ran off road and hit two people changing a tire, hit trailer,” according to the citation.

The collision happened as Richardson tried to go from U.S. 64 to Lizard Lick Road.

The injured men were hospitalized with “what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries,” a trooper said. Both were able to communicate with the trooper.

The truck likely was traveling slower than 30 mph, the trooper said.

The names of the injured men were not released.

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