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Pedestrian killed in I-40 wreck

Posted January 15, 2010

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— A pedestrian was killed Friday morning when he was hit by two vehicles on Interstate 40 East south of downtown Raleigh, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

According to the police report on the wreck, Gregory Leon Miles, 43, of 100 Westside Drive in Zebulon, stopped on the highway just after 7:30 a.m. to retrieve a ladder that fell from his truck.

While he was in the traffic lane, a van hit him, throwing him into the path of a second  oncoming car.

Both drivers stopped, but Miles had been killed by the impact, police found. Neither driver was charged with a crime.

The wreck was one of two that backed up traffic on I-40, between Lake Wheeler and Hammond roads, during the morning rush hour. The two left lanes of I-40 were closed until about 10 a.m.

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  • firecaptain2000 Jan 15, 2010

    Looking through these posts, it's obvious which posters may have known Greg. There is a great story here folks and I hope WRAL will follow up to get the details.

    Few adults will ever pour so much of their time into the life of so many children. I met Greg when he coached my son's football team. A gifted athlete himself, Greg was able to help teach fundamentals to kids with no skill, many of whom went on to play on championship teams. Patience and persistence was Greg's way of bringing out the best in every child.

    Sadly, tonight a basketball team is without a coach and Zebulon athletics is without an iconic athlete, coach and fan. I will never forget all the encouragement you gave my son and me as a parent when it didn't look like the boy would ever get any better. Now look at what he's turn out to be... and you Greg should share in my pride. Thank you for all your sacrifices so my child could excel in athletics. We will miss you!

  • edits Jan 15, 2010

    So heart wrenching. My prayers go out to this man's family and friends as well as the two drivers who struck him. I cannot imagine what they must be going through. This is the very reason that I hate to drive. God bless them all.

  • mom2threecld Jan 15, 2010

    prayers to the family. i know this man and his family, very nice people to know

  • big dog Jan 15, 2010

    My condolences to the family. I know this man was just trying to do the right thing and paid the ultimate price for it.

  • smcallah Jan 15, 2010

    "My condolences to the families. Not really news. Happens all the time."

    Not really news that someone gets run over on the Beltline? Happens ALL the time?

    You know what "ALL the time" means, right?

    Why don't you find the last time that someone was run over on the Beltline or any Interstate that causes traffic backup for miles in the the WRAL viewing area, and post that here.

    If it is from the last couple of weeks, then you can say, "not really news."

  • wildcat Jan 15, 2010

    My condolences to the families. Not really news. Happens all the time.

  • Sweet Butterfly Kisses Jan 15, 2010

    alleyez_...You're Welcome.

  • alleyez Jan 15, 2010

    Thx ms annette...it happened just before 8am he is pretty much local...its nearly 4pm...there is a wreath on the door...ahhh yeah. no hard feelings I understand the concern.
    Many prayers goes out to his kids and family! Please keep them in your prayers.

  • Sweet Butterfly Kisses Jan 15, 2010

    thought_back off..
    Im Sure the "Family" Has Been Notified_

    Prayers for the Family.

  • alleyez Jan 15, 2010

    Thought,The family have been notified since earlier this morning after it happened. I wouldnt dare do that if I wasnt sure or knew it was ok. I understand the concern and respect of the family.

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