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Man killed, car sought in early Garner crash

Posted January 12

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— A man died in a Thursday morning crash in Garner, and police were searching for a car involved.

Capt. Joe Binns of the Garner Police Department said three vehicles were involved in the crash at Pinewinds Drive and U.S. Highway 401 shortly before 6:30 a.m.

"One of those vehicles did leave the scene, and we are looking for anybody that might have information about that vehicle that was involved in this pedestrian fatality this morning," he said.

Binns described the car as a 2010 to 2014 Hyundai Sonata with front-end damage. Police weren't sure of the car's color.

Police identified the man killed as 53-year-old James Demetrius Mims, of Garner.

"They keep running him over. They keep running him over," a caller told a 911 dispatcher. "There were three vehicles that hit him."

Binns said the Sonata was the second vehicle to hit Mims.

An officer on scene said Mims was trying to cross the road early in the morning, and there are no crosswalks there.

“On a road such as this that doesn’t have a crosswalk, obviously, someone who is crossing the road – a four-lane highway in the dark – they’re going to have to watch out for their safety," Binns said.

Traffic headed into downtown Raleigh was backed up through the morning rush hour. Binns said law enforcement officers were trying to reconstruct the crash and expected to gather information and debris evidence throughout the day.

All lanes were open just before 10:30 a.m.

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  • Beth King Jan 12, 10:57 a.m.
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    So sad. that is the 2nd one in as many as a few months. I see people trying to cross there a lot...very dangerous.

  • Nino Greaseminelli Jan 12, 10:13 a.m.
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    Doesn't surprise me that this happened in this stretch of road.

    Every morning you have to dodge people crossing the road even though the light is green and they do not cross at the light.

    This also happens even moe a lot on the stretch of 401 right before I-40 as well. I am surprised nobody as been killed in that area as well.