Garner pedestrian killed in wreck on US 70

Posted July 28, 2014

— A 50-year-old Garner man died early Monday after being hit by a car as he walked across U.S. Highway 70 near Auburn-Knightdale Road in Wake County, State Highway Patrol officials said. 

According to investigators, Patrick Pair attempted to cross the highway at about 7:15 a.m. when he was hit by a 2014 Hyundai traveling westbound on U.S. 70. 

Pair was taken to WakeMed, where he died. 

Gabriel Neal, 37, of Clayton, was driving the Hyundai that struck Pair. Officials said he would not be charged in the wreck. 


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  • trianglerelic Jul 28, 2014

    Hmm, how about some elevated crosswalks at busy intersections. Then again, we have cross walks and expensive cross walk lights, and no one seems to use them. Maybe existing laws should be enforced and tickets handed out for people that cross against red lights, or outside of intersections. A month long campaign may save some lives going forward.

  • archmaker Jul 28, 2014

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    The 40/42 area has a Garner address even though its in a whole different county.

    This area of Garner is in Raleigh's ETJ, so its not as inaccurate as you think.

  • UpChuck Jul 28, 2014

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    It's not the same area.

  • dsdaughtry Jul 28, 2014

    this is the second pedestrian fatality in 1 week for this area. not sure why so many pedestrians are crossing busy highways and intersections without crosswalks?

  • Plum Tuckered Jul 28, 2014

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    Exactly! Not every tidbit is newsworthy; have some respect, please!

  • heard-it-all-before Jul 28, 2014

    if officials say the driver wouldn't be charged, what business does WRAL have posting their name? pretty lame, embarrass them anyway for something they likely feel horrible about even when it wasn't their fault.

  • EricaSliver Jul 28, 2014

    I rode though this section as emergency vehicles were arriving...My thoughts go out to the victim's family and friends, the driver and the responders. Sad.

  • Heather Brittingham Jul 28, 2014
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    I wish they'd put speed-calming items in our neighborhood!

  • Centurian Jul 28, 2014

    Interestingly enough, this part of Southeast Raleigh is actually miles away from Raleigh. It is actually in the eastern part of Garner toward Johnston County. Other than that the article is probably accurate.

  • Dana McCall Jul 28, 2014
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    Pedestrian hit on a road with no sidewalks. This statistic will be used against drivers by city planners trying to install speed-calming items in Raleigh neighborhoods.