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Raleigh pedestrian struck, killed

Posted September 7, 2011
Updated September 8, 2011

— A vehicle struck and killed a Raleigh man walking across the intersection of Falls of Neuse and Sandy Forks roads Wednesday morning, according to police.

Nanda Lal Poudel, 67, lived nearby and was walking to a class at a church down the street around 9 a.m. when he was struck, police said.

No charges were filed against the driver, Aida Isabel Medelmoss, 28, of Raleigh.

The crash was still under investigation Thursday, and officers were trying to find and speak with witnesses. Anyone with information should call 919-834-HELP.

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  • 1 awesome Dad Sep 8, 2011

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the driver and the family of the victim of this accident.

  • mmancuso Sep 8, 2011

    To those who said to me that pedestrians do not always have the right of way: No matter where that pedestrian is on a road, there it is a proper time or place for him to be on that rode, a driver must always stop for that pedestrian if it is within his power. If that pedestrian is illegally in the road, and a driver hits him who could have stopped, do you honestly think that driver will not be charged? Of course he will.

    The law just defines when pedestrians are supposed to yield to traffic, or not be in traffic, but that does not alter the fact all drivers must yield to pedestrianns if the alternative is to hit them.

  • dae66 Sep 7, 2011

    God bless the family and the driver.

  • Conservative Sep 7, 2011

    Pathetic... Time for cars that automatically know what the speed limit is and stays under it, as well as pedestrian/object sensors, auto braking, etc.... since people are either too irresponsible or in too much of a hurry to use good judgement... HeadPro

    How about cars should be able to read every pedestrian's mind and adust their course? That way all cars will be safe when they are completely immobile.

  • anne53ozzy Sep 7, 2011

    Desiderata...shame on you. A family has lost a loved one here and your self-serving remarks are such that you ought to be ashamed of yourself. Must be nice to be perfect....in one's mind but not in the soul, clearly.

  • lost in translation Sep 7, 2011

    There are many intersections in North Raleigh that are dangerous. Lights not synced and some don't even have cross walks. There are some intersections on Falls that don't even provide for cross walks or side walks that are in very populated areas. Six Forks intersections you take your life in your hands. Bottom line, until we get into the 2011 and place emphasis on people and bike traffic we will continue to see these types of accidents.

  • Youngone28 Sep 7, 2011

    Pedestrian Laws of NC: http://www.ncdot.org/bikeped/lawspolicies/laws/

  • msmithua93 Sep 7, 2011

    desnibelungen, Agreed, the Nurse on the scene was AWESOME! She jumped right in and started to work....No hesistation at all! I pray if something like this ever happens to me, a Samaritan is there to help me...

  • desnibelungen Sep 7, 2011

    "The light is set up wrong as well..."
    @DandyJenn - what you describe after this is exactly the circumstance that happened here, and a good solution. For reasons I won't speculate on, it seemed the pedestrian got confused by the way the light was set up and thought it was safe to cross based on the stopped southbound lanes.

  • DandyJenn Sep 7, 2011

    That crosswalk is NOT pedestrian friendly! The 'cross' indicator goes off at the same time that traffic from sandy forks is given the green light to turn left. It's a recipe for disaster. I've seen people wait to cross through several light cycles because they don't understand why it's not safer to cross there. I wouldn't cross the road there for a million bucks, it's incredibly dangerous. The light is set up wrong as well, the left turn traffic from falls on to sandy forks gets a green arrow while the traffic coming from harps mills is given a red light, and the traffic going towards harps mills is given a green light. if they would change it to allow the left turn traffic from falls the green arrow and have the other lanes with a red light and the 'cross' sign illuminated, that would solve the problem. it's just a total mess the way it is set up now.

    I can't imagine what it was like for the driver OR the pedestrian. Prayers all around.