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Fuquay-Varina High teacher hits student with car

Posted December 8, 2010

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— A student was hit by a car driven by a teacher in front of Fuquay-Varina High on Wednesday morning, according to Susan Weiss, public information officer for the town.

Around 7 a.m., teacher Robert Ken Lee, 51, of Raleigh, hit  Jorge Chavarria, 18, with his car in the 100 block of North Broad Street.

Chavarria was taken to WakeMed Hospital where he was listed in critical condition. 

Chavarria is a junior at the school. Lee is a career and technical education teacher and works with economically disadvantaged students.

The accident is under investigation. No charges have been filed. 

Fuquay-Varina High School student Jorge Chavarria Fuquay-Varina teacher hits student with car

Some students on campus told WRAL News that gas station across the street from the school is a common location for students to hang out before classes begin. It is unknown if Chavarria was walking from there when he was hit. 

Anyone who witnessed the accident should call police at 919-552-1422.


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  • brian10denoo Dec 9, 2010

    I don't want to sound harsh, but why is it always somebody else's fault. In this case it's the city's fault. I drive by the school daily and have seen numerous kids crossing at different points on the road. Do you really think teenagers are going to cross at a cross walk? If so, there is one right next to the stop light by the gas station they hang out at. Accidents happen. Prayers to all involved.

  • gocanesss Dec 9, 2010

    wralgolo2 - I didn't find out about his death through WRAL or another website, but through personal sources. He has been on life support, but wasn't confirmed until this morning according to the article from the link below. The personal source had said he was still on life support by his family's wishes and they were waiting on his sister to come (from I don't know where) before discontinuing life support. :( My thoughts and prayers are with everybody involved.


  • ncguy Dec 9, 2010

    Terrible- so sorry for all involved.

  • pamelaworley1969 Dec 9, 2010

    Rest in Peace Jorge. This is such a heartbreaking tragedy. My condolences and prayers are with your family.

  • pcox Dec 9, 2010

    My prayers go out to family and friends of this young man, as well as the teacher and his family.

  • Fireflies Rock Dec 9, 2010

    So sad all around. Prayers to the family of Jorge, may he rest in peace, and to the teacher who is suffering as well. Tragic accident.

  • kikinc Dec 9, 2010

    Unfortunately, he has passed away. Here is the news article from the N&O. Prayers to the family.


  • lpagan2009 Dec 9, 2010

    Jorge you are my bestfriend and brother. i love you so much!
    Currently he is on life support. lets pray for him. 18 is just too young!

  • wralgolo2 Dec 9, 2010

    Gocanesss - Have they reported an updated status on this young man? I don't see it being reported here.

  • believer58 Dec 9, 2010

    kwade005 - that question is often asked in times of tragedy and grief - yet we must remember that God gave us free will - free will to construct highways and build schools and it is very unfortunate that it has to take tragedy before we consider the dangers that we create - but it was "we" who created those dangers - in this case and the case of little Zahra Baker - Not God.

    Praying for all involved - and for all of us - that we always consider each of our actions with full understanding of who may be and how they may be affected by them.

    God Bless.