Saturday, January 23, 2010

2 hurt, trailer hits car..Loose Trailer Hit and Run

Police make arrest sometime after midnight

The Post and Courier
Originally published 12:00 a.m., January 13, 2010
Updated 11:01 a.m., January 13, 2010

The Charleston County Sheriff's office has arrested and charged a Hollywood man in connection with a bizarre hit and run wreck that injured two women Tuesday.

Ray Ray Gates, who turned 21 yesterday and lives on Chaplains Landing Road, is charged with two counts of leaving the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury.

At a bond hearing for Gates this morning, a magistrate set bail at $100,000.

Gates apologized in court, calling the incident an accident.

"I left. I was nervous. Had I known what I know now, I would have stopped," he said.

Gates, who recently moved to the area from Buffalo, N.Y., said he works two jobs.

The wreck occurred about 10:45 a.m. near Hughes Road in West Ashley when a triple-axle utility trailer somehow detached from the hitch of an SUV that was traveling south.

The trailer traveled across the median and struck a van and a car that were traveling north, said sheriff's Maj. John Clark, public information officer.

Two women who were in the car were taken by Charleston County EMS to Medical University Hospital with serious injuries, Clark said. One of the victims is 89-years-old and the other is in her early 60s. Both remain in the hospital.

One of the women had to be extricated from the car; no one from the van was hurt.

Gates stopped briefly, backed up until he could turn around in the median and fled from the scene heading north and leaving the trailer, said Maj. John Clark of the Sheriff's office.

Reach David W. MacDougall at or 937-5655. Reach Andy Paras at or 937-5589.

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ronmelancon wrote:
Please...Please go to Time and time again it is the total disregard for Utility Trailer Safety or any standards that have created this.

Please see the "Story Of Dangerous Trailers" and then see the 6 year old girl that died from a homemade trailer... Look at the trailer is it roadworthy...then everybody as yourself this...

Here's a little project for you. The next time you're out and about take notice of the countless numbers of trailers being hauled daily on our roadways. Look closely and you'll see that many are improperly attached to the tow vehicle, don't have working lights, safety chains and are unacceptably maintained. Then ask yourself, why am I riding behind or next to this person trying to kill or injury me or my family?

and see this recent News coverage..

1/19/2010 6:30 AM EST on Post and Courier
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mrscvs wrote:
You knew exactly what happen that is why you ran, and for that, I call you a COWARD!
I do pray that the innocent ladies will make it thru this horrible accident.

Also what is up with the no comments on the Janitor and his sick love letter for a child???
Man oh man did I had something really witty to say about this POS!!!
Oh well next time I guess!!!
1/13/2010 1:48 PM EST on Post and Courier
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follytime wrote:
Gates apologized in court. Sounds to me like the apology was an "I'm sorry I got caught"
1/13/2010 12:58 PM EST on Post and Courier
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harpo wrote:
Yes, they're censoring our comments by being selective in which stories can be commented on and I can only think that it's a very biased employee of the paper who's making the decisions .. to try to 'even out' the paper's liberal flavor. It's cowardly and political and that employee is basically a shill. If I worked there and knew who's doing it, I'd sneak in a replacement desk nametag that reads "(Name), Political Shill" and place it on his/her desk.
1/13/2010 11:34 AM EST on Post and Courier
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theharold wrote:
The P&C's position on not allowing comments really hit a new politically correct low yesterday when they terminated the posting on the janitor's story. Hey P&C, we're still going to feel the same way about issues whether you censor or not. What happened to the "Serena Wms. story" in the forum yesterday? Get some passionate posts? This isn't the Guestbook for an obituary page; let us decide if we choose to add our opinions and the great monitor of the site can work his magical digit.
1/13/2010 9:58 AM EST on Post and Courier
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theronce wrote:
Whoever drove it probably will have to explain to others what happened to his trailer. Those others may have seen this story and either force him to turn himself in or do it for him. He'll regret fleeing the scene unless he was up to something more illegal at the time.
1/13/2010 9:24 AM EST on Post and Courier
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tlg87 wrote:
I dont even think a 4 Runner should be towing a trailer that large...

And it would be nice if they actually gave the correct description of the vehicle. *eye roll* Good thing there's a picture.
1/13/2010 8:36 AM EST on Post and Courier
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dave3719 wrote:
ITS A TOYOTA 4RUNNER! Year could be from 1996-2002.
1/13/2010 8:13 AM EST on Post and Courier
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early wrote:
The guy is in a worl of shyt. He knew he seriously injured folks and fled. I say shoot the SOB when you find him
1/13/2010 7:48 AM EST on Post and Courier
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lawkat wrote:
I think that sometimes we can't comment on certain articles because they are from other news websites. That may not always be the case, but I have noticed that before.
1/13/2010 7:45 AM EST on Post and Courier
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starcar wrote:
The P&C just wants us to be politically correct and not offend anyone with our comments...
1/13/2010 7:45 AM EST on Post and Courier
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letstakeawalk wrote:
Bulldogtic is correct.

The Police should be on the look out for a Toyota 4-Runner.
1/13/2010 7:39 AM EST on Post and Courier
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oldglory wrote:
Yes, harpo, with P&C's usual prescience, they've prevented our comments in certain aricles yet again. I shall never believe that any newspaper is smart in doing that, because it tells readers that the newspaper has no veracity. There is someone sitting there redacting everything we are allowed to read. Not good.
1/13/2010 7:36 AM EST on Post and Courier
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bulldogtlc wrote:
The vehicle in the photograph is obviously a Toyota 4-Runner, not a Rav4.
1/13/2010 7:25 AM EST on Post and Courier
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harpo wrote:
"Witnesses told deputies the driver was a male, but a further description was unavailable."

Bull. The witnesses told more but a further description of the driver is undesirable for political reasons.

Tracing a triple axle trailer shouldn't be too hard to do; not very common.

About 30% of these news stories no longer solicit comments; have you noticed? They can't take the heat.
1/13/2010 12:51 AM EST on Post and Courier

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