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Driver charged with killing pedestrian on I-40

Posted June 10, 2011

— State troopers charged a driver whose vehicle struck and killed a Efland man walking in the median of Interstate 40 in Orange County Wednesday evening.

Troopers said that traffic was slowing down on I-40 West, near Exit 259, around 8 p.m. when one driver swerved into the median and struck Daniel Matthewson, 48, killing him.

The driver, whose identity hasn't been released yet, was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and failure to maintain lane control.


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  • ncsfinest252 Jun 14, 2011

    Terriable terriable horrfic ACCIDENT wish this never would of happened!!

  • ncsfinest252 Jun 14, 2011

    And I'm the daughter of the driver. I'm sorry about ur father this was a terriable horrific ACCIDENT!!! My father is so upset that this had 2 happen 2 him and ur family and knowen he accidently took a good mans life. He will never forget that day and it haunts him terrably. Hope u can see that this was a accident and forgive! Wish nothing but the best 4 u and ur family! I kno he will be missed a lot and were sooo sorry. God bless u all!!! Every 1 driven please slow down and be careful!!

  • wherethewildthingsare91 Jun 13, 2011

    You are talking about my father, he was the man who was hit. He was my best friend in the entire world and he wasn't some guy just "walking" on the highway. The things some of you have said leave me feeling sick to my stomach; my father was the kind of man that if one of you were stranded out on that highway you would feel comforted and safe knowing he came to help you. He was out there picking up things to use in his artwork, because that was the kind of person he was. I spent nearly everyday with him for the past 20 years so I would appreciate if any snide or cruel remarks about someone I loved were kept to yourself.

    - Sierra Mathewson/Terrill

  • unaffiliated_voter Jun 10, 2011

    Thanks to foliver for providing a bit more information. The posted story lacks many details. Sorry that your granddaughter saw this. I'm sure that will be traumatic for her for awhile.

    If the man was in the roadway and the driver was driving reasonably, then I really don't think the driver should be charged with anything. That is not a reasonable situation to expect.

    Some on here seem to be of the opinion that because someone was killed, someone has to be criminally charged. If the driver was being reasonably prudent, what purpose does that serve? Isn't the primary point of criminal charges to serve as a deterrent against people doing something? How is charging someone that was driving normally going to help anything? The man will still be dead and it's not like a conviction is going to make other drivers somehow know exactly the right action to take when they have to make a split second decision based on incomplete information about what's happening ahead of them.

  • two2294 Jun 10, 2011

    does it really matter if it is illegal to walk on the interstate, a man died. Someone was not payng attention to their driving. People need to watch not only the car in front of them, but what is in front of that car, that will stop a lot of these wrecks.

  • thewayitis Jun 10, 2011

    I thought it was illegal to walk on a highway?

  • foliver Jun 10, 2011

    MY Granddaughter witnesed this accident. She is very upset. It was not the fault of the driver that hit the person. She was driving ahead of the car that hit him. She had to serve to avoid hitting him. He was trying to pick up something from the road. People need to know what is going on before they make statements. It is a shame this man died. My Grandaughter will have nightmares over this for a long time. Pray for her and the dead man's family.

  • davidk_at_unc Jun 10, 2011

    "@ Davidk_at_UNC if you would like to read through Chapter 20 to find a better match be my guest." -- _kommon_sense_

    Thanks. I just did and I can't find a "better match", but that's not the point. Section B clearly states that you can't stand in or beside the road "for the purpose of soliciting employment, business or contributions from the driver or occupant". It does NOT say that you can't walk along an Interstate highway. In fact, section A states "No person shall stand in any portion of the State highways, except upon the shoulders thereof, for the purpose of soliciting a ride from the driver of any motor vehicle.", so obviously it's okay to stand on the shoulder to hitchhike, and most hitchhikers get to that point by walking. I'm not saying whether it's legal to walk along the Interstate or not - quite frankly, I don't know for sure. I'm just saying that N.C. Gen. Stat. 20-175 section B does not prohibit it. A "better match" is sort of the same as "close, but no cigar".

  • btneast Jun 10, 2011

    You can't blame the guy in front of you. He's not the one determining the distance between your vehicles.

    That is correct. if you hit someone from behind, you will be charged at minimum with following too closely....and you will be paying for the other vehicles damages, as well as yours. It does not matter why he stopped, if he should have stopped, or whatever. If you are having to hit the ditch to avoid a collision , you are following too close. We all do it, and it doesn't matter until you rear end someone.

  • homerjs129 Jun 10, 2011

    As is parking and riding your bicycle on the interstate.