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No charges filed in traffic accident that killed Fuquay student

Posted December 13, 2010

— No charges will be filed against a Fuquay-Varina High School teacher who hit and killed a student in front of the school last week, police said Monday.

Jorge Chavarria, 18, was walking to school Wednesday morning when teacher Robert Ken Lee, 51, of Raleigh, hit him with his car in the 100 block of North Broad Street, police said.

Chavarria, a junior at the school, died Thursday.

Lee is a career education and technical education teacher and works with economically disadvantaged students.

Investigators with the Fuquay-Varina Police Department interviewed witnesses and examined evidence in the case and decided not to charge Lee after consulting with Wake County prosecutors.


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  • Grandpeople Dec 14, 2010

    This is a no win for either family. I am sure Mr. Lee will forever be hurt regarding the ACCIDENT. I only hope the school will assist him get back on his feet. We need people like him in the school system and students like Jeorge. God Bless both of them and their families. I hope they can find peace.

  • KIDDZA Dec 14, 2010

    Prayers to both families. A tragic loss to the community... FVHS lost a member of their student body...and apparently a teacher as well. Be strong and keep the faith. An unfortunate accident but maybe now something will change at this busy stretch of road. God speed!

  • -d.e.d.- 1_4 Dec 14, 2010

    My husband has known Jorge and his family for years.he couldn't believe it when i told him that he had died.he had just seen him about two weeks ago at the wal-mart.we attended his wake and funeral mass yesterday evening.let me just add that it was a beautiful ceremony.every pew in the church was filled.many came out to show their support for Jorge's family.when my husband and i gave our condolences to Mario & Alicia (Jorge's parents)they embraced us and thanked us for coming.inside they are hurt but i can say that they have come to accept the Lord's command and are at peace.their faith and trust in God has helped them through this tragedy.

  • computer trainer Dec 14, 2010

    Admiral, prayers for your family.

    I would hope that the school system would not allow this teacher to just resign. They need to put him on sick leave and let him get through this. It may be that he needs to be moved to another school, but from what I have heard, this teacher was a great teacher and this would be a loss to the school district. Prayers for him and his family, also. I kow that they must be hurting.

  • Lightfoot3 Dec 14, 2010

    I don’t know if it had anything to do with the accident, and kind of doubt it did, but I do know that the usual cop (a chubby black lady) directing traffic in front of the school doesn’t seem that competent at directing traffic. She seems to get too focused on one lane of traffic and forgets about the others. I’m surprised there hasn’t been any fender benders.

  • mycatbubba Dec 13, 2010

    So terribly sad. As a retired teacher I can only imagine how the teacher feels. As a parent I can only imagine how the parents and grandparents feel. I heard that the teacher has resigned. All this just breaks my heart. Prayer to all involved...

  • ladybug68 Dec 13, 2010

    This is so horribly sad--prayers for all involved on both sides..I live in FV and AVOID this area at school hours. There is a crosswalk at the traffic light by Hess. It would take more time to walk there and cross than to go straight across. Kids there do play dodge 'em with cars, the best think would be to build a bridge OVER the road, but I am not sure high school students would use it--might make them uncool

  • pedsrndad Dec 13, 2010

    This is the greatest nightmare for a parent. I want to remind everyone, when you walk, look around, when you cross the road, look both ways. Simple lessons many of us forget. One more thing, having the right of way as a pedestrian does not overcome the laws of physics, a 2 ton moving object cannot stop in an instant. If you walk in front of a moving car, you most likely will be hit. I don't know if that applies in this case but I see many people walking into traffic with no regard to oncoming vehicles.

  • wildcat Dec 13, 2010

    My condolences to the family and friends.

  • Isabella Dec 13, 2010

    This is a sad situation. The area in front of FVHS is dangerous and sadly, nothing was ever done to make it just a bit safer. It is horrible that a death had to occur for them to hopefully install a crosswalk.
    I feel sorry for the student's family and equally sorry for the teacher. He may have been unable to stop in time no matter how careful he was driving. You can be the most conscientious of drivers but when someone darts in front of you, your car can only brake so quickly.
    Sad to hear that the teacher resigned :( More than one life was changed that day. So many people are affected by this tragedy.