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Durham man injured in Chapel Hill hit-and-run

Posted September 29, 2014

A man was injured in a Sept. 29, 2014, hit-and-run on U.S. Highway 15/501 in Chapel Hill, police said.

— A Durham man was injured early Monday when he was hit by a vehicle on U.S. Highway 15/501 in Chapel Hill, police said.

Joseph Russo, 23, was hit near the East Lakeview Drive intersection at about 3:30 a.m., police said. The vehicle's driver didn't stop.

Russo was taken to Duke University Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.

Police don't have a description of the vehicle. Investigators asked that anyone with information about the hit-and-run call the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.


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  • diana123 Sep 29, 2014

    it is though amazing how many are caught in hit and runs in the dark, wee hours.
    they stay away from car repairs places and must make up a story to friends and family. ick.

  • diana123 Sep 29, 2014

    the driver has too much to lose; ergo hit and then run. risk getting caught - for many it is worth the risk.

  • jackaroe123 Sep 29, 2014

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    If we really are experiencing a spike in incidents (it does feel like it), it might be due to decreasing daylight, though that shouldn't have been a factor in this specific one (@ 3:30 a.m.).

    If we're not experiencing a spike, perhaps they're being reported on more prominently. I'd say that's a good use of the media's emphasis and influence. We should keep that in mind next time we're inclined to rage about some conspiracy of the media to create news out of non-issues.

  • jackaroe123 Sep 29, 2014

    That's a tough section of road for pedestrians, but it's not acceptable for the driver to leave the scene.

  • Bernadette Dan Unger Sep 29, 2014
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    No penalty, no problem. If the "system" pushes punishments up, much of this behavior will stop. You hit something with your car, you stop, seems pretty simple to me, common sense. This driver probably had something to hide at the time as well and should sit for about 20 years to figure things out.

  • Ishitonthewralcorncobdesk Sep 29, 2014

    This is just insane. How man hit and runs have there been in the past few weeks? Who are these people who just keep going? Deer indeed.

  • fireguy Sep 29, 2014

    It was most likely a Durham Co ambulance since that part of Chapel Hill is Durham Co. Looking at google maps it is only 1 mile longer to Duke than UNC and it would be a judgement call by the ambulance. If indeed it was a Durham Co unit then this would keep them in their district for when they clear the hospital.

  • Justin Case Sep 29, 2014
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    My dad always said "nothing good happens after midnight". SMH. I hope the authorities can figure this out.

  • radiobrain Sep 29, 2014

    I wonder why he wasn't taken to UNC hospital, so close.