02/05/11 251 W - + 3 - 2 Wake New Hope Firefighter Injured in Auto Accident

Yesterday morning [Friday, Feb. 4] at 7:00 a.m., Lt. Keith Murray of Wake New Hope Fire Department (A shift volunteer) was involved in a serious vehicle accident. He was on his way to work when he struck a deer. The animal struck him in the head and came to rest in the back seat. The vehicle then continued on into a tree. The collison took place on Forestville Road, near Old Watkins Road. He was transported to WakeMed by Eastern Wake EMS. He was attended on scene by Raleigh E28 and New Hope  E3, R14, and Car 1.

Keith has been admitted to WakeMed on New Bern Avenue. He has a crack to a vertebrae in his upper cervical area, and also broken left eye socket and cheek bone. As of yesterday afternoon, he was in a C-collar and resting on his back. His spirits are good, but he is in quite a bit of pain. He has significant swelling to the left side of his face. Surgery may be necessary for his facial injuries. As of last night, he was resting but still in pain. The results of a CT scan are pending to determine how soon he'll be coming home.

Please keep Keith and his family in your thoughts and prayers. As we receive more information we will pass it on to all of you. If you have any questions please contact Capt Hickman.

Don Hickman, Captain
Wake New Hope Fire Dept.

Keith was moved to a room overnight. The Doctors have decided that Keith will not need surgery for the facial injuries. His break is to the C-1 vertebrae. This injury will require Keith to wear a collar for at least two weeks. Keith is in very good spirits. Keith and his family thank everyone for their continued support.
Don Hickman (Email) - 02/05/11 - 11:12

Best wishes for a speedy recovery!
charlie h. - 02/05/11 - 15:56

Glad to hear he’s going to be OK. Any current updates?
Duda (Email) - 02/07/11 - 10:53

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