Man killed while trying to cross I-40 near Benson

Posted December 29, 2014

A crash involving a pedestrian temporarily closed Interstate 40 in both directions Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, near a rest area north of Benson in Johnston County.

— A 79-year-old man was killed Monday morning as he tried to walk across Interstate 40 near Benson to get to his job at a rest area, according to the State Highway Patrol.

Roy Joe Godwin was walking along the westbound shoulder and was trying to get the other side of the highway when he was hit by a 2003 Chevrolet pickup truck.

Godwin died at the scene. The pickup truck driver was not injured, troopers said.

The crash happened shortly before 7 a.m. and temporarily closed all lanes of the highway in both directions. The highway reopened by 8:45 a.m.

Weather was not a contributing factor in the accident, troopers said. No charges will be filed.


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  • stepc12132 Dec 30, 2014

    Let me first say that I offer my deepest condolences to this family. I must say it is truly sad that I sit here and read all of these negative comments, this was truly a tragedy for everyone involved. I have went over it a million times in my mind asking what if? The truth is there can't be a what if, it has happened and instead of making accusations or rude comments I think we should send our thoughts and prayers to all involved. As forr the comment of the going to the mall and to slow down, we had just got on the interstate in Benson, were not speeding, and My dad was taking me to my oncology appointment in Chapel Hill.

  • Renee Grainger Dec 30, 2014
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    First let me say that I am sorry for your loss. He was probably doing what he enjoyed, working. Don't pay attention to most of these people on here, they have nothing else to do but hide behind a computer and make fun of or hurt other people. My PaPa ran his grading company until 3 days before his death and he was 87. Yes, he could have retired but work is what kept him going!

  • babylaceycarpenter Dec 30, 2014

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    How many people would walk on a pedestrian bridge, between the 2 rest areas? I'm not thinking the numbers would suffice.

  • auntjessie421 Dec 29, 2014

    The man you are all commenting on is a member of my family. Do u people really have nothing else better to do than type random comments about someone you don't know and about a situation on which u don't even have all the facts? He was a good honest hardworking man and his family is heartbroken. Would any of u want to have to read comments like about some u love?

  • johnnymanziel Dec 29, 2014

    So this "friend" couldn't be bothered to drop the man off on the correct side of the highway? Wow, just wow.

  • Fred Kozlof Dec 29, 2014
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    Why does a 79 year old man have to work at such a job? Once you are that old, you should be retired, if not just plain TIRED. There's something wrong with our social safety nets.

  • GravyPig Dec 29, 2014

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    That's awful! I'm sure his friend will feel terrible about the whole thing. Especially when he should have been advising him not to try to cross on foot. It was just a matter of time before his luck ran out. Makes you wonder how many near misses he had in the past.

  • justa611 Dec 29, 2014

    Condolences to the mans family and friends.

  • johnnymanziel Dec 29, 2014

    There is no way a 79 year old man could high tail it across an interstate highway.

    There really needs to be a pedestrian bridge here.

  • GravyPig Dec 29, 2014

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    When the speed limit is 65-70mph, there is little reaction time to stop or avoid. Add in the rain and low light and it makes them even harder to see.

    It's a shame that this man lost his life, but it's just down right dumb to blame the driver who couldn't stop in time.