After a teenager was hurt jumping off a bridge over the Neuse River near Capital Boulevard, questions are being raised as to what is being done to prevent anything like it from happening again.
CBS 17 confirmed that the pipeline is actually owned by the state of North Carolina, but it’s private property, so anyone caught out there is trespassing.
Working along the banks of the Neuse River, Evan Dorsey said he has to tell people to stay off a nearby pipe bridge every day.
“It’s just an old pipeline,” he said. “You never know what could be hidden under there. It’s obviously not in commission for anything. Something could be under there that someone could easily get snagged on, or hit, and get knocked out.”
He and his coworkers at Paddle Creek try and keep track of everyone who comes in and out of the woods by making them sign a visitors log.
“That’s private property land so technically it is trespassing,” Dorsey said.
However, on the other side of the river, the Neuse River Trail provides easy access for anyone willing to make the hike.
“You see a lot of young kids just hanging out and sitting on the bridge right there,” said cyclist Scott Rouse. “Sometimes on the weekend you’ll see as many as 30 or more.”
That’s why Scott Rouse said he wasn’t surprised to hear that a teen was injured after jumping off the bridge Monday night.
“I figured it was just a matter of time,” said Rouse. “I can’t believe that when they saw the water was that low they would try it, but I see them jump all of the time.”
“You hear them every day especially on the weekends,” Dorsey said. “It gets so crowded. There are so many people that go back there.”
Rouse and Dorsey said that the area was fenced in and padlocked. Signs were hung up around the state-owned property, but that hasn’t been enough to keep people out.
“I think something needs to happen,” Dorsey said. “They tried fencing it, but it’s since been cut through, people will find their way in. Something needs to change.”
“We have people that are on bicycle patrol,” Rouse said. “If they came through here and did some type of patrol in this are, it would probably take care of a lot of it.”
A spokesman for the Wake County Sheriff’s Office said that a police report was filed after the incident Monday.
At this time no charges have been filed.