Man hit while crossing Capital Boulevard

Posted January 21, 2014

A man was rushed to the hospital and rush-hour traffic briefly delayed on Raleigh's Capital Boulevard on Jan. 21, 2014.

— Two people were taken to a local hospital Tuesday afternoon following a wreck involving a pedestrian during rush-hour traffic on Raleigh's Capital Boulevard.

Witnesses said the man, whose name was not released, had just gotten off a bus at Capital and Old Buffalo Road and was crossing the street when a stopped car hit him.

Jerry Anderson, who was driving a tow truck just behind that driver, told WRAL News that he didn't see the woman stop and that he clipped her gray sedan, sending the car into the pedestrian and then off the road into a telephone pole.

The pedestrian was thrown clear, witnesses said, and he was still conscious when he was taken away in an ambulance.

Raleigh police said a wreck report had not been completed and could not provide any information about the wreck other than to say the pedestrian and the car's driver were both taken to the hospital for medical treatment.

Neither of their conditions was known Tuesday evening.

All southbound lanes of Capital were closed for about an hour.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 24, 2014

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    Again, we do not know if the car was yielding to man in a crosswalk when the truck rear-ended it.

    If the man in your story tripped and fell in front of you and *you* were able to stop in time...but then someone rear-ended *you*'s the guy who rear-ended you pays to fix your car, because he was following too closely. People tailgate at their own risk.

  • JustDave Jan 22, 2014

    Had a quy jump out in front of me yesterday while driving 45+ on South Saunders street. I was changing into the right lane and he just ran out into the road without looking, I swerved back into the left lane to avoid plowing over him. He just looked at me like "what are you gonna do about it?". Well, nothing I guess. Good luck with your soon-to-be expected hospital stay. Or worse.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 22, 2014

    GoogleMaps shows 4 crosswalks at that intersection. Since there are no details here, it is possible that the car was yielding, correctly & legally, to the pedestrian in one of those crosswalks.

    I know some of you don't understand these laws and don't care to educate yourself about them, but it behooves you to do so...if not for yourself...for others.

    Meanwhile...the truck driver is SURELY at fault for following too closely and/or failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident. And, it's a bad accident at that.

  • kikinc Jan 22, 2014

    If you hit the car in front of you, you're at fault. You're supposed to leave enough distance between you and the other car so that you can come to a safe stop. It's not rocket science. I'm with others...most likely he wasn't paying attention.

  • AtALost Jan 22, 2014

    "The pedestrian was also in the wrong, but I feel for him and the truck driver."

    This explains why I have so much trouble with the average driver. While I'm also frustrated by those rubbernecking at accidents or stopping to let a turtle cross the road, there are no laws against that behavior. Driving isn't just about what you expect others to do. The law requires you to react to whatever happens in front of you. Truck driver was definitely at fault and I'd bet he was following too closely or looking at his phone instead of the road. The pedestrian may be at fault too but the article doesn't state he was crossing against a light or darted out in traffic. Sadly many drivers don't know the rules of the road. Always interesting to see the faces of drivers at 4 way stops with no clue of who has the right of way.

  • michelemcintoshnc Jan 22, 2014

    I hope the pedestrian, and the driver who yielded, recover.

    The City of Raleigh and the State of North Carolina have allowed a large expanse of moderate density affordable residential development to surround the Capital Boulevard (US-1) commercial corridor, without providing for safe access by citizens who live here.

    Bus stops and grocery stores, among other destinations, require crossing US-1 daily, whether in a car or on foot.

    The large number of bus stops along US-1 are a result of the large number of non-car commuters in our neighborhood.

    I live less than a mile from this bus stop. The last time I checked, my 20-30 minute car commute would be close to two hours if I took the bus.

    If those of us with 30 minute car commutes are impatient when we see a pedestrian; I wonder how impatient a pedestrian with a 2 hour bus commute might feel?

    Pedestrian safety should be a priority in planning for the future development of the US-1 corridor, both at the City and State level.

  • pooodaddy Jan 22, 2014

    I've almost hit many people on Capital Blvd because they dart out into traffic. There really needs to be a few pedestrian bridges so that people can cross safely.

  • 37 Jan 22, 2014

    Stay out of the road if you are not in a crosswalk on a US highway. I see this happen so often. When I see a stopped bus, I have come to expect this sort of thing. No one should have to do this when they are driving properly.

  • mikeatemba Jan 21, 2014

    I hope the man is alright.

  • melanye84 Jan 21, 2014

    I'm not sure why it's her fault if tow truck wasn't paying attention. The girl is a personal friends daughter!