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One pedestrian killed, second injured in Fayetteville crash

Posted October 13, 2011
Updated October 14, 2011

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— One of two pedestrians hit by a pickup Thursday night in Fayetteville died early Friday, police said.

George and Clare Deangelis, of Fort Myers, Fla., were crossing Cedar Creek Road near Decent Drive shortly after 7:30 p.m. when they were hit by a 2003 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Samuel Gilmore, 38, of Fayetteville, police said.

Clare Deangelis, 73, died Friday at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. George Deangelis, 71, was listed in critical condition at the hospital.

Gilmore wasn't injured and has not been charged, police said.

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  • fayncmike Oct 18, 2011

    "The other problem is that people here haven't learned to walk facing on coming traffic prefering to walk on the road with their back toward oncoming traffic, I suppose that they feel if they don't see it, it isn't there. Last, when you as the driver come from behind, no matter how many times you blow your vehicle's horm they simply will not move to the side of the road to let you pass and that is the reason they get hit.
    airbornemonty"

    The people were crossing the road not walking down it.

  • jellybeanz Oct 14, 2011

    As I recall it is also dark by that time now and this means that visibility is down even in a lighted area.
    There is not any reason to lower the speed limit there, it is a highway, just don't walk in front of traffic.

  • jwood011 Oct 14, 2011

    There are no crosswalks on Cedar Creek Road even though in this particular area (Exit 49 off I-95) there are several hotels, restaurants & gas stations. Travelers walk instead of driving in order to "stretch their legs" after being in their vehicles for several hours. The posted speed limit is 45 mph, but maybe this needs to be re-examined.

  • caryzoo Oct 14, 2011

    It might be me, but it seems a lot of pedestrians are getting hit these days. I wonder why?

  • airbornemonty Oct 14, 2011

    We have three big problems in Fayetteville when it comes to traffic.

    The sidewalks that we have in Fayetteville are few and far between which forces people to either walk on the side of the road in the weeds or on the road.

    The other problem is that people here haven't learned to walk facing on coming traffic prefering to walk on the road with their back toward oncoming traffic, I suppose that they feel if they don't see it, it isn't there.

    Last, when you as the driver come from behind, no matter how many times you blow your vehicle's horm they simply will not move to the side of the road to let you pass and that is the reason they get hit.