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Raleigh pedestrian killed by bus near NC State

Posted April 9, 2013
Updated April 10, 2013

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— A 55-year-old Raleigh man died late Tuesday after being hit by a bus near North Carolina State University, police said. 

According to investigators, Jeffrey Wayne Powers stumbled into the side of a Capital Area Transit bus and fell into the roadway on Enterprise Street near Hillsborough Street about 9:30 p.m. He was run over by the rear wheels of the bus.

Powers, of 200 Snow Ave., was taken to WakeMed, where he later died, police said. 

No charges have been filed against the bus driver, and police said the bus was going about 5 mph when Powers fell.

Police closed a portion of Hillsborough Street to investigate the incident and re-routed traffic around the area. 

No other information was released.


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  • eriksenb Apr 19, 2013

    Very sad. I became acquainted with Jeff about 10 years ago when I used to go to Sadlack's to hear live music (the King Rippers jazz band in particular was irresistable). Jeff had a good heart and a love for people of all kinds. I know he had his struggles but he also had a loving family here in Raleigh who offered him their help, support and no doubt love. Later he would make a point of asking me about my children, even though he only briefly met them during an outdoor music performance. The last time I saw him was about a year ago in passing on the street near NCSU. He appeared to be troubled, but when I called hello to him by name his face lit up and he thanked me just for remembering his name -- something almost all of us take for granted but which meant a lot to him. Jeff taught me something that day, and for that I thank him. My thoughts are with his family, friends and loved ones.

  • mojaintsmall Apr 11, 2013

    It never ends well when somebody gets runt over by a bus.

  • anonemoose Apr 11, 2013

    More people are killed in Raleigh by buses than Tasers. The bus drivers are usually found to have been operating the bus correctly and the pedestrian is found to have acted improperly. According the the hundreds of posters on the other story, we now need to take away buses as a mean of public conveyance. even when used properly and carefully, they still will occasionally cause a death. You don't read the daily stories of all the interactions between the public and buses that do not result in injury, nor all the applications of a Taser that don't result in injury.

  • geniegurl428 Apr 10, 2013

    Wow, this man went to my church...so sad.

  • allisontaylor1 Apr 10, 2013

    Does anyone know by chance if he went by the nickname "Butch"? Thanks

  • Scubagirl Apr 10, 2013

    "A man was hit by a bus. bareftndncin"

    Actually the MAN hit the BUS according to the story, but you are correct, it is sad regardless of how it happened.

  • bareftndncin Apr 10, 2013

    Why are people so concerned with whether he was intoxicated or homeless?? A man was hit by a bus. What a terrible death, it's sad on all accounts.

  • Obamacare rises Apr 10, 2013

    This guy was leaving a bar when he was struck. Was he intoxicated?

  • beach2011 Apr 10, 2013

    So sorry for everyone. Even when it is an accident and no ones fault - very sorry.

  • dmccall Apr 10, 2013

    There are honestly people out there who say it is the bus driver's fault.