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Family of Clayton hit-and-run victim wants driver to come forward

Posted October 8, 2012

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— The sisters of a Clayton man who has been in WakeMed's intensive care unit since he was struck in a hit-and-run crash last week say they want the driver responsible to come forward.

Kenneth Clark, 51, was sitting near the roadway at the intersection of West Main and Mulberry streets around 9 p.m. Thursday when he was hit, police said. According to witnesses, Clark was hit by a utility trailer being pulled by a white pickup truck – possibly a Ford F-150.

Police said Friday that the driver may not be aware of the accident, but Clark's family said they want to see an arrest.

"We're very angry. We want some answers. We want to know what happened," said Clark's sister Tina Clark-Smith.

"I would just like for somebody to come forward," said Jenifer Ray, another sister.

Clark has undergone three surgeries, with a fourth scheduled for Tuesday, and suffered multiple bone fractures in his back and ribs.

Clayton hit-and-run, victim's family Family of Clayton hit-and-run victim wants driver to come forward

Clark-Smith and Ray said their brother was known around town as friendly and easygoing.

"There's not a moment you come through Clayton (that) you don't see Kenny, as people around town know him," Clark-Smith said.

She said she hopes someone in the area saw the crash, and that they will come forward with information leading to the driver.

"I don't see how they could be so cold-hearted, you know, to hit a human being and leave him beside the road to die," Ray said.

Clark-Smith said the family isn't giving up hope for her brother's quick recovery and an arrest.  

Anyone with information about the incident should call Clayton police or Clayton Crime Stoppers at 919-359-8479. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for tips that help solve cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

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  • offthegrid7165 Oct 18, 2012

    Police said Friday that the driver may not be aware of the accident, but Clark's family said they want to see an arrest.

    "We're very angry. We want some answers. We want to know what happened," said Clark's sister Tina Clark-Smith.
    Kenneth Clark, 51, was sitting near the roadway at the intersection of West Main and Mulberry streets around 9 p.m."

    So a black man was sitting NEAR a road at 9pm at night and was hit by a utility trailer being pulled by an f150 ON THE ROAD?!?! Sounds like this guy staggered into the road after the truck had passed.... = pedestrian at fault.... and I agree with the article... the driver never had a clue this guy got hit.... Either way.. an unfortunate accident due to pedestrian negligence.... based on the facts presented in the article... Hope the man recovers... and becomes more cautious when crossing the road at night...

  • Paladin2 Oct 15, 2012

    It appears that he walked or staggered into the trailer after the truck pulling the trailer had passed him. Don't know of any other scenario for this to happen.

  • Paladin2 Oct 15, 2012

    The man that was sitting in the roadway was arrested in December 2011 for identity theft and in November 2011 for communicating threats. Hopefully for his sake he will have learned something from this series of events.

  • Bewitched Oct 9, 2012

    "I don't see how they could be so cold-hearted, you know, to hit a human being and leave him beside the road to die," Ray said. Well, as mentioned in the article, "Police said Friday that the driver may not be aware of the accident." And it states that he was sitting "near the roadway". Does that mean for instance that he could have been sitting on the curb, which is pretty much in the street? While it's sad the man was hurt, sitting "near the roadway" isn't the best idea in the first place.

  • lfields2 Oct 9, 2012

    I don't see how they could be so cold-hearted, you know, to hit a human being and leave him beside the road to die," Ray said.

    Someone did hit my brother in law and he did die, that was 10 yrs ago and they have nothing on who did it.

  • baldchip Oct 9, 2012

    The OZ-strange is not the word. Yet, his family would like answers. I cannot blame them wanting answers.

    If he was in the road, probably no charges would be found. Leaving the scene makes charges very likely!!

  • lissa227812 Oct 9, 2012

    Why was he sitting THAT close to the road in the first place?? If the person that hit him may not even know they hit him how is someone supposed to come forward. THis family is lucky they are getting coverage. You cannot expect every person that was driving with a trailer attached to "come forward" because they possibly hit this man

  • uncw05 Oct 9, 2012

    Sounds like the family and police have very different ideas on what really happened.

  • The Oz Oct 9, 2012

    No harm intended, but WHY was he sitting near the roadway at 9pm?

  • hapierce3570 Oct 9, 2012

    Is there any type of description of the driver?? Was truck older/newer, was there any type of equipment on the utility trailer? Thanks!

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