Traffic

Man hit while crossing Capital Boulevard

Posted January 21

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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  • luvstoQ Jan 21, 6:04 p.m.

    The driver should not have stopped to let someone cross a busy major highway. People are not expecting someone stopping for no reason they could see.
    To me she was definitely in the wrong even though she did it for what she saw as a good reason.
    The pedestrian was also in the wrong, but I feel for him and the truck driver.

  • Ijaz Fahted Jan 21, 6:05 p.m.

    Clipped it? Really? Clipped it? When the back end of a car is crumpled so that the trunk can be seen above the roof of the vehicle and the back end is demolished with wheel damage that goes well beyond clipping.

    That's like saying the atom bomb is just an explosive.

  • kkrizay Jan 21, 6:09 p.m.

    You can't for sure know if the driver of the sedan was in the wrong .. A lot of times these people just start walking across at the wrong areas without any regard to traffic and so the cars are essentially forced to stop and let them walk across in order to not hit them. Looked like a gnarly wreck though driving by it earlier... scary! I feel for all of them. Hopefully they'll be ok.

  • Obamacare for America Jan 21, 6:12 p.m.

    Was the pedestrian crossing the road illegally? If so, he should be charged.

    See it all the time on Capital Blvd.

  • Earth Brooks Jan 21, 6:16 p.m.

    "The driver should not have stopped to let someone cross a busy major highway. People are not expecting someone stopping for no reason they could see.

    To me she was definitely in the wrong even though she did it for what she saw as a good reason.

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

    I agree that stopping in busy traffic is not a good idea, but that is not a violation of the law. Hitting something in front of you is.

  • melanye84 Jan 21, 6:40 p.m.

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

  • mikeatemba Jan 21, 6:40 p.m.

    I hope the man is alright.

  • 37 Jan 22, 11:12 a.m.

    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.

  • pooodaddy Jan 22, 11:29 a.m.

    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.

  • michelemcintoshnc Jan 22, 1:01 p.m.

    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.

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