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Fuquay-Varina High student struck by teacher's car dies

Posted December 9, 2010

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— A student hit by a car driven by a teacher in front of Fuquay-Varina High on Wednesday morning has passed away, WakeMed Hospital officials said Thursday. 

Jorge Chavarria, 18, died Thursday from injuries sustained during the accident. 

Chavarria was walking to the school around 7 a.m. Wednesday when teacher Robert Ken Lee, 51, of Raleigh, hit him with his car in the 100 block of North Broad Street.

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

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.

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

On Thursday morning, Fuquay-Varina police conducted check points near the school in an effort to locate more witnesses to the accident. Police are examining evidence and continuing to conduct interviews.

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


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  • wildcat Dec 10, 2010

    My condolences to the family, friends and school family. May God comfort all of you. May God comfort the teacher too.

  • poohperson2000 Dec 10, 2010

    Bargaining, there is a light, just a little way down. I am very sorry this happened, but placing fault or blame is not going to fix the situation. Allot of times, sadly enough, it takes a tragedy before people take caution. I feel horrible for Jorge and his family, and the teacher involved, and I am certain they would not want this horrible accident to have happened in vein. Kids need to walk a little further and use the cross walk. If that is not an option, then the parents need to drop them off, etc. It can be avoided, and I hope it will.

  • thought Dec 10, 2010

    This is just a sad thing. I drive past here everyday and kids are always running in front of cars. There is a cross walk a block down - why can't they just walk a few extra feet to cross in the crosswalk and at the light? My heart goes out to all those involved.

  • -d.e.d.- 1_4 Dec 10, 2010

    so saddened by this...i knew Jorge and have known his parents for several years. jorge was the baby of the family...his parents are active in our ministries at church and are very kind Christian people...may our good Lord help them through this difficult time...RIP Jorge

  • bargaining4brandon Dec 10, 2010

    TO the person who said "If indeed the students are trying to cross that road on foot, hopefully after this tragic accident they will not." There are a lot of students not just going to the gas station across the street. There are a lot of people who have to walk to school, and come from that side of the road.Inevitably there needs to be a cross walk there, at the school, like there should have been a long time ago.

  • jeffbritton Dec 10, 2010

    You know students will be crossing the road at that time of day, you know you may need to stop quickly and still many drivers are on their cell phones driving too fast through that area. I'm not saying the teacher was doing either but it happens every day. Slow down, put your stupid cell phone down and pay attention.

  • noreplytome2 Dec 9, 2010

    Lindasue, it's not even looking both ways. I rarely see anyone crossing the road in that area even bother to look up (away from their phone/mp3/etc).

  • Lindasue Dec 9, 2010

    I pass by there every day. On numerous occasions, both in the morning and afternoon, students have walked into the road without bothering to look both ways. Just today with several officers and 3 patrol cars in the immediate area 3 students walked right into the road across my path without looking before they crossed. You would think something like this would cause them to be more cautious.

  • Dat MoFo Dec 9, 2010

    imasilvadolla14, what evidence do you have that the teacher was speeding?

  • juju Dec 9, 2010

    If you live in the area, please support this group that is trying to improve the safety of this traffic area so that this does not happen again: