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Man hit trying to catch CAT bus

Posted May 25, 2010

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— A 19-year-old Raleigh man was struck by a van while trying to cross Capital Boulevard Tuesday morning to catch a bus, police said.

Rayshawn Lee Cooper was listed in critical condition Tuesday evening at WakeMed.

Cooper stepped onto a southbound Capital Area Transit bus at a stop south of New Hope Church Road shortly after 9 a.m. to ask the drover if he had the right bus to get to his destination, police said. The driver informed him that he needed a northbound bus, which was approaching a stop on the other side of the street, police said.

Cooper then hopped off and crossed in front of the bus into traffic to try to catch the northbound bus, police said.

He was hit by a van driven by Andy Thien Tran, 48, of Raleigh.

The incident blocked three of four southbound lanes of traffic on Capital Boulevard for a while Tuesday morning, backing traffic up for miles.

Police said they don't expect any charges will be filed in the case.


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  • garymorgan01 May 26, 2010

    This guy is my cousine and i just encourage everyone to please pray that he makes it in good health......THANK YOU

  • mrgnlatisha83 May 26, 2010

    to those who offered thoughts and prayers, i greatly appreciate it...our entire family has been @ the hospital all day today with Rayshawn...he's in stable but critical condition...@ Mandy Picketts, obviously u don't know what it feels like to be in this position...Rayshawn is a GRADUATE so he didn't need to be in school...what a cruel and insensitive comment to make...God bless u and i pray u'll never have to experience this type of pain

  • mpheels May 25, 2010

    Unfortunately, this guy made a bad decision and is gravely hurt as a result. Sadly, we've built an environment that supports the privilege of driving at the expense of the right to travel, so even pedestrians who make good decisions are in harms way.

    I take the bus to and from work every day, and always cringe when I see people cross directly in front/behind the bus. I walk the extra 10 yards to the intersection and wait for the bus to pull away so I have a clear view of traffic in both directions. There is a stop light and crosswalk, but no pedestrian control. If there happens to be a car (about 1/2 the time) to trip the light in my favor, the cycle is barely long enough to run across the street. Usually the car is turning left through the cross walk, and driver doesn't know or doesn't care that he's supposed to yield to pedestrians. I've had drivers flip me off b/c they had to wait for me to cross before they could turn, including ones who want to turn right on red.

  • TeresaBee May 25, 2010

    I wonder if he had the mindset that the bus had the same school bus rules and assumed cars were stopped behind the bus. I know school buses don't stop on Capt. blvd. (or cars behind buseses. But maybe he had a brainlapse and for a sec. thought he was with a school bus.

  • drjones74 May 25, 2010

    "White flight? Is there any evil, or better yet, accident that the white man is not responsible for? I suggest you step down from your condescending perch and realize that you are in Raleigh NC not NYC. So long as there is cheaper land on the outskirts of town, developers will continue to locate their "strip centers" there. Instead of blaming the high and mighty developer, why don't you first point the finger at the two parties directly involved: the van driver and the teen."
    Mr. William Putney. Let me first say I used to be a republican. Second I am white. Third, I spent the better part of my 36 years in the suburbs as a native of the Old North State. I am also a proud descendant of at least 5 confederate veterans. So I suggest you adjust your stereotype. My comments are a big picture look at the situation based on a combination of facts and experience. I would quote you some sources, but it's obvious you only choose to interpret as you see fit. Have fun at your next tea bag party.

  • ConqSoft May 25, 2010

    I saw the scene on my way to work this morning. It happened RIGHT AT the bus stop, which is nowhere near the intersection, or any type of crosswalk. If he tried to cross there, he was jaywalking and should have definitely did a better job of checking traffic before stepping past the front of the bus.

  • itsmyownopinion May 25, 2010

    I hate driving Capital Blvd., particularly between Old Buffalo Road and Spring Forest, because people run across in front of moving traffic all the time. I hope this young man recovers. My thoughts are with him, his family, and the driver of the van as well, who couldn't see the young man in time to stop because he stepped/ran from in front of the bus.

  • JoCoFootballMom May 25, 2010

    I am so sorry for your loss milletar. I know that it still hurts, even after 4 years, to loose your daughter. You never really recover from something like this...and as jasw2032 pointed out...this person my have been 19 years old, but he was also someone's child....

  • milletar May 25, 2010

    I agree with others who have stated it is inappropriate to lay blame with anyone at this point. My precious daughter was killed trying to cross Capital Boulevard almost exactly 4 years ago. Pedestrian bridges and/or better marked crossing points are in order. Many have been struck and killed on this stretch of road.

    My thoughts are with this young man, his family and friends.

  • JoCoFootballMom May 25, 2010

    Wow, this is so sad. This kid could be seriously hurt or he could die from his injuries and many of you commenting are laying blame on him and/or the driver. It is really sad to see how little value a person's life has in this world. God bless the parents and I really hope they don't know what some of you are saying.....