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Driver who struck, killed Raleigh man in wheelchair charged

Posted April 12

Kimberly Renee Jones, 37, of 1305 Wrentree Circle in Raleigh was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and failure to reduce speed to avoid collision with a pedestrian.
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— The driver whose vehicle struck and killed a 75-year-old man in a wheelchair last month has been charged in connection with the incident.

Kimberly Renee Jones, 37, of 1305 Wrentree Circle in Raleigh was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and failure to reduce speed to avoid collision with a pedestrian.

According to a wreck report, Harold Smith, 75, was crossing east to west outside of the crosswalk on South Raleigh Boulevard when he was hit by a car driven by Jones.

Smith was taken to WakeMed, where he later died.

Jones surrendered to police Tuesday afternoon.

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  • Had Enough Apr 18, 2:23 p.m.
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    Rev. Barber to the rescue!

  • Michelle James Apr 18, 6:39 a.m.
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    I feel very badly for this man dying, however he was outside the crosswalk. This is CLEARLY not her fault. I think the DA is overreaching. People need to be responsible for their actions. Not society. This lady didn't ride down a sidewalk and kill this man. He was in the street outside the crosswalk.

  • Jj Parker Apr 16, 8:27 a.m.
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    Janet,
    It doesn't say she ran him down. He was crossing the street 'outside' of the cross walk.

    She was charged with misdemeanor death by MV and failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision. These are pretty common charges when there is no intent. Can the charges be upgraded? Yes but they may still be investigating.

    They most likely will or already have looked into her phone.

    Without knowing all the fact's. While tragic. She may have not seen him and this was simply an accident.

  • Janet Ghumri Apr 13, 3:02 p.m.
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    Misdemeanor death by motor vehicle? He was 75 years old, in a motorized disability scooter at 1130am. She ran him down.
    How does that make sense? From the pictures, it looks like he was in the crosswalk (at least parts of his scooter were). I would think the charges would be more.
    Does anyone know if it is SOP for the phone records in cases like this? It seems like a lot of pedestrians /cyclists are being hit, lately.