A Miller Road man died Tuesday nearly two hours after he was struck by a sport utility vehicle. Richard Ray Brown, 48, of the 4800 block of Miller Road, had gotten out of his vehicle to check his mailbox across the street when he was struck by a 2004 Ford Explorer driven by Danny Norman, 48, of Salisbury.
Emergency crews had to use rescue air bags to lift the vehicle off Brown after he was trapped underneath. The single-vehicle crash occurred in front of 4644 Miller Road, a few miles from Miller Chapel Road.
Norman was not charged, said N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper D.R. Morgan.
Morgan said Norman was not impaired and speed was not a factor. In fact, Norman slowed down just before Brown crossed the street.
Norman told the trooper it appeared that Brown saw him. Brown started walking across the street and then tried to sprint across, but was hit by the vehicle. Norman was on his way to work.
The crash occurred at 3:42 p.m. and just down the road at Locke Fire Department, emergency crews set up a landing zone to airlift Brown to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.
EMS Battalion Chief Bill Hamrick said it took rescuers about 15 minutes to extricate the pedestrian, who had critical injuries.
Morgan said emergency crews “lost” Brown and were able to revive him. Brown was taken to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center by ambulance. Initially emergency personnel were going to fly Brown to the Winston-Salem hospital, but he was not stable enough to be flown, officials said. Brown died at the Salisbury hospital at 5:09 p.m., Morgan said.
The N.C. Highway Patrol investigated the incident and were assisted by Rowan County Sheriff’s Office who provided traffic control. Officials detoured the traffic, sending motorists around the collision. Rowan County Rescue Squad and Rowan EMS also responded.
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