Eastern Wake News

Wake deputy injured after striking fallen tree during Hurricane Matthew

A Wake County sheriff’s deputy who was on his way to an off-duty job while Hurricane Matthew was dumping rain and knocking out power lines here early Sunday, Oct. 9, went through a barricade and wrecked, sending him to the hospital.

Lt. Greg Street was traveling west on Knightdale Boulevard at about 12:30 a.m. in a 2008 Sheriff’s Department Chevrolet patrol car, police said, on his way to an outside-duty job at another business. Street came upon traffic cones police had put up at the intersection with McKnight Drive across from Walmart to block off a large downed tree across the roadway.

Street told police he saw the cones but thought the roadway had been cleared enough to pass and he would be able to make it through, but he didn’t realize how large the tree was and struck it. The car suffered an estimated $10,000 damage.

Street suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to WakeMed hospital and has been released. He does not face any charges from the wreck.

All lanes of that section of Knightdale Boulevard, from McKnight Drive to Parkside Commons Drive, were closed from the early afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 8, until 3 a.m. the next day.

Matt Goad: 919-829-4826