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16-year-old on bike dies after Wendell hit-and-run

Posted August 4
Updated August 5

Troopers are asking for the public's help to find a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run crash late Thursday night that injured a bicyclist in Wake County.

— Troopers are asking for the public's help to find a vehicle involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash that happened late Thursday night in Wake County.

The crash happened around 11 p.m. on Wendell Falls Parkway near Wendell, troopers said. The bicyclist, identified as 16-year-old Pablo Josue Banegas, of Wendell, died Friday.

Authorities said they do not have a good description of the suspect or the vehicle.

Anyone with information about the crash should contact the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.


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  • John White Aug 5, 6:00 p.m.
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    Well, you are wrong on many counts bicycles are allowed to drive down the center of the lane. Just last October the laws changed concerning how much space a cyclist gets while being passed you can read about what the laws are here this is not complete but it lets you know how they have changed:


    and here is the meat of the changes


  • Steve Allen Aug 5, 4:35 p.m.
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    You can say that but just because they are supposed to stay of the road many times they don't. I almost hit someone on a bike who was on the side of the road and wearing dark clothes. Yes cars should be on the lookout for bikes but after dark is not the time to be riding on or near the road. However there is no excuse for hit and run.

  • Steve Allen Aug 5, 4:27 p.m.
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    Condolences to the family.

  • Jamie France Aug 5, 4:22 p.m.
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    Bikes do stay off the highway - not legal to cycle on highways. As for roadways, motorists need to follow the laws, and drive defensively. I'm sure this kid didn't have a car and needed to get somewhere. He wasn't out for a joyride during rush hour traffic. He was using a legal method of transportation on a legal roadway. There is NO factor which in any way lessons the responsibility of the driver of the car for what they have done.

  • Kenneth Garrett Aug 5, 1:00 p.m.
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    First I'd like to say condolences and prayers for this young man's family. And I am hopeful that the person responsible will be caught. However people on bicycles really need to stay off the road way. It's just like skateboards we have skateboard parks the highway and roadways are no place for bicyclist. Would this day and time you just have so many crazy drivers texting and just simply not paying attention. Just a personal thought

  • Sara Hauser Aug 4, 9:37 p.m.
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    I will never understand how anyone can do this to another person. So sad for this who knew and loved this victim. I pray they catch whomever did this and throw them under the jail!!!!

  • Sheila Rohrbach Aug 4, 3:10 p.m.
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    someone just posted on Facebook that he has passed away? don't know if that is true?