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Man struck by truck on I-40 dies

Posted July 23, 2010

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— A Wallace man struck by a commercial truck on Interstate 40 on Friday afternoon has died, the Highway Patrol said.

The wreck happened just before 6 p.m. between Garner and Raleigh just west of North Carolina Highway 70.

Troopers said Kevin J. Pickett, 27, was driving on I-40 West when he pulled onto the shoulder of the road for an unknown reason. He got out of his car and was struck by an on-coming commercial truck.

Passerby stopped to help Pickett and performed CPR until an ambulance arrived to the scene. He was transported to WakeMed Hospital for treatment. He died on Friday night, troopers said.

Pickett was traveling alone in his vehicle. The driver of the commercial truck was not injured

The wreck remains under investigation, troopers said.


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  • SuperNupe Jul 26, 2010

    I grew up with this dude... My cousin and him were best friends in High School... I wonder if my cousin knows...

    Rest in Peace KP.

  • theroadislong Jul 23, 2010

    I agree, that is heartless DeathRow. A human life is far more important than a vehicle. SMH.

  • build540.com Jul 23, 2010

    Kinda heartless Deathrow. How do you know the pedestrian wasn't walking from a car or truck that broke down?

  • john24 Jul 23, 2010

    There is not a North Carolina Highway 70. At least not in Wake County. Perhaps they mean US 70???? Interstates, US routes, and NC routes are not interchangeable.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jul 23, 2010

    The driver has nothing to worry about except for the damage to his/her vehicle. Its illegal for a pedestrian to be on an Interstate.