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Multiple vehicles hit pedestrian in fatal Raleigh crash

Posted March 11, 2009
Updated July 27, 2009

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— At least four vehicles hit a man who died in a hit-and-run wreck on Falls of Neuse Road on Wednesday morning, the accident report shows.

The victim was identified as Lewis Avery Gray, 71, of Raleigh, police department spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

Gray was hit around 6:55 a.m. as he attempted to cross the road where there was no marked crosswalk, the report stated. The first vehicle, which is believed to be a blue Chevrolet Blazer or similar sport utility vehicle, struck Gray near the intersection with Spring Forest Road, stopped and then drove off. Three more vehicles went on to hit Gray.

Police: Pedestrian hit by more than one vehicle Pedestrian hit multiple times

Initially, officers were looking for a white landscaping truck that they said they believed had killed the man. Later, however, after they found that truck, "It has been determined that it was not the first vehicle to strike the victim," Sughrue said.

Representatives with Apex-based Parker’s Landscape Services, Inc. told WRAL News their driver was unaware he had hit anything, but noticed blood on his truck when he arrived at his destination. He alerted the company, who contacted the police.

The blue SUV sought by police should have heavy front-end damage, Sughrue said. The driver was described a white or light-skinned man.

“The vehicle stopped north of the crime scene and the driver was seen. The driver got out of the vehicle…then got back in the vehicle and proceeded in a northbound direction,” Sughrue said.

Investigators asked that anyone who witnessed anything in the accident area and hadn't yet given police a statement call the Raleigh Police Department’s Field Operations Division at 919-996-3350.

Neighbors said Gray lived less than a mile away from where he died. They said he loved walking and did it everyday.

“Even in the rain he would walk up and down the street. Early in the morning sometimes,” neighbor Lynn Hess said.

The accident happened in an area where a sidewalk is being rebuilt, but it was not clear whether that was any factor in the accident.

Officers closed Falls of Neuse northbound during the morning commute while traffic investigators worked at the scene,

The scene Wednesday was near where two boys were killed in traffic when they tried to cross the street 11 months ago.

Kaled, 9, and Basil Shahin, 7, were hit by a sport-utility vehicle April 2, 2008, when they ran ahead of their mother and sister and were hit on Spring Forest Road. The family was headed to a library. Kaled died that day. His brother died on April 3.

The driver who hit the boys had a green light at the intersection, witnesses told police.


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  • angora2 Mar 12, 2009

    "How mucj "lighting" do you people actually want in Raleigh?Daylight so know neighbors can sleep? As for you Ms.Wanna be RevRB...I didn't say a dang thing about the story saying "he looked the truck over".Slipping mind maybe? Can you not read?"

    wcumom, the editors in my office are having a field day with your illiterate post. Thanks for the laughs! "Know neighbors?" Brilliant!

  • Blueboxinggloves Mar 12, 2009

    wcumom - Adequate lighting to help drivers see pedestrians at night would be great.
    Also, perhaps you should check your spelling before you ask another if they can read.

  • mandy picketts Mar 12, 2009

    What is wrong with people?? They just kept going so they could get to work or something?? This makes me want to throw up. Prayers to the family!!!

  • Adelinthe Mar 11, 2009

    wcumom - "Who gets out of the vehicle and starts LOOKING THE THING OVER unless they knew they had hit SOMETHING."

    You err in not remembering what you said in the first place. As evidenced above, you DID say the guy was LOOKING THE TRUCK OVER TO SEE WHAT HE HAD HIT.

    The article said he had NOTICED the blood on the truck (not knowing he had hit anything in the first place).

    Besides a wrongfully judgemental attitude and a poor memory, what's your problem anyway???

    God bless.


  • foetine Mar 11, 2009

    Raleigh will now get mocked as the city with the human speedbumps.

    And the guy did get hit near that portion of Falls that had the sidewalk shut down with no alternate walk path. Feel proud that a construction company killed this guy by being too cheap. and then 4 other drivers did the dirty work.

  • wcumom Mar 11, 2009

    How mucj "lighting" do you people actually want in Raleigh?Daylight so know neighbors can sleep?
    As for you Ms.Wanna be RevRB...I didn't say a dang thing about the story saying "he looked the truck over".Slipping mind maybe?
    Can you not read?

  • Scubagirl Mar 11, 2009

    WHAT THE HELLO is society coming to when 1)a man gets run over and the doer gets out and LOOKS then drives off! 2) the man gets run over not once more but probably 2 times more and NO ONE STOPS???!!!????
    This just makes my blood boil! I hope they catch the 1st and put them under the jail charged w/ serious crime! and then the rest for maybe not quite so much. The fact remains they are all guilty of callousness if nothing more.

  • cocker_mom Mar 11, 2009

    Absolutely no excuse for not stopping. the Blue SUV driver needs to come forward - it's not gonna get any better the longer he waits. If folks saw him get out, look (confirm - yup - I just hit a person) and get back in and LEAVE - he's in a heap of trouble.

    Come on - call the police and turn yourself in.

  • WRAL is joe_dirt Mar 11, 2009

    What does the color of your landscape truck have to do with your immigration staus?

    Yea!!! Maybe he was one of those nasty old Canadians.

  • luvdolphin2 Mar 11, 2009

    I hope that RPD can find whomever is responsible and prosecute them to the fullest for the family's sake. They cannot replace this man's life but I'm sure it would be comforting to the family to know that the guilty person(s) are brought to justice.