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Pedestrian killed by car near Garner

Posted November 30, 2011

— A man was struck and killed by a van heading south on U.S. Highway 401 Wednesday near Garner, the State Highway Patrol said.

Fausto Cabeza, 42, of Fuquay-Varina, was near the intersection with State Road 1010 in Wake County when he struck the pedestrian, who wasn't carrying any identification.

Anyone with information on the possible identity of the victim is asked to call troopers at 919-733-3861. He is described as a light-skinned black man in his mid-50s.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Cabeza would be charged.


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  • cartwoman2 Dec 1, 2011

    This was not a homeless man! Shame on everyone jumping to conclusions! Also, if he was homeless, perhaps we need to look at the real reasons. Actually, many of the panhandlers do not use the money for drugs, but food and a cheap place to sleep.
    This was a very kind man, who was always smiling, despite having a terminal illness.

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Dec 1, 2011

    So they know who it is now then? and WRAL doesn't update the story? typical....

    Thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the deceased.

  • moosesign Dec 1, 2011

    The man was not a homeless person or a pan handler I've known him for a number of years. His passing is sad and he'll be missed by his family as well as many friends.

  • UNC PH.d Dec 1, 2011

    Who cares if it happened in front of Go Slow Tow? The earlier comment simply made the point that USUALLY when you see people walking around the road in that area of town, it's OFTEN one of the numerous bums and panhandlers...

  • carolinatarheels01 Dec 1, 2011

    I was driving on 401 towards Raleigh last night while 401 towards Fuquay was blocked off bc of this accident, all of you assuming it was one of those who stand asking for money at 10/10 turn my stomach. If you knew exactly where this occured maybe you wouldnt be so quick to judge or make comments it actually happened in front of the business Go Slow Tow. How can you assume it was one of the beggers? Either way.. Prayers for this persons family who has lost a loved one.

  • jocomom Dec 1, 2011

    I learned of these Blessing Bags to keep in the car to give to the homeless people panhandling. If you do a Google search for "blessing bags for homeless", you should get the link to the site. It seems like a great idea rather than gifting cash.
    But for the grace of God, go I.

  • UNC PH.d Dec 1, 2011


    Most of these "bums" couldn't even get a job at McDonald's either because they'll fail the drug test, they can't stay sober enough during the day to work, and/or have criminal warrants issued for them. A local Raleigh cop I know often goes down to S. Saunders to check out the homeless, and he usually find one or two that have outstanding warrants. Tells you what most of these people are like doesn't it..?

  • #24WarrensABeast Dec 1, 2011

    AMEN.......to both samiam1244 & happy2.0

    "panhandlers" are a part of the community....we all are just one pay check away from being a "panhandler"!! I'm just saying!!

  • thelogicalobserver Dec 1, 2011

    I pass by that intersection everyday and there are people begging out there...while in the background within a hundred feet is a McDonalds which is ALWAYS hiring....why can't they walk over there and apply instead of begging??

  • UNC PH.d Dec 1, 2011

    happy2.0, I've had friends who've done just that and they were refused by the guy who said he needed money for his morning "fix". Besides, I've heard a lot of the guys who hold up the cardboard signs saying "homeless vet" aren't even really vets. There are plenty of homeless shelters and volunteer groups around that help these people, but the ones you see out living in the woods or under a bridge are the ones who want to live like that, because if they're in the shelter they have to stay sober. So no, most of these guys are criminals and drug users, I don't take any pity on them.