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Pedestrian killed in wreck on Capital Boulevard in Raleigh

Posted March 20, 2014

— A 64-year-old woman died early Thursday after being hit by an SUV on Capital Boulevard in north Raleigh, police said.

Raleigh police responded to the 3000 block of Capital Boulevard, near the intersection with Trawick Road, at about 6:50 a.m. after Cornelia Olero Amissah was hit by a Mercedes SUV.

Raleigh police said Amissah may have been hit by multiple vehicles, only one of which remained at the scene. One vehicle that left the scene before police arrived was described as a small, light-colored sedan.

Anyone who witnessed the wreck should call the Raleigh Police Department's tip line at 919-834-4357.

More details about the wreck have not been released.

All northbound lanes of Capital Boulevard were blocked for more than two hours and reopened at about 9:30 a.m.

Major delays were reported on southbound and northbound Capital Boulevard throughout the morning commute.


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  • winemaker81 Mar 21, 2014

    Assuming it's correct that the victim was jaywalking, I feel sorry for the driver of the SUV. That person has to live with this, and it probably wasn't their fault.

    Every week I see people foolishly playing live-action Frogger on Capital. I've come close to hitting a few because I did not see them until the last moment, and I'm thankful that I missed them. But I have no sympathy for them. These jaywalkers are the ones placing themselves and others in jeopardy. It is their responsibility -- there would be no issue if they weren't in the road.

    Pedestrian bridges are an idea. I expect most pedestrians will benefit from and use them. But others? They'll save themselves walking an extra block by playing Frogger.

  • Great Dane Guy Mar 20, 2014

    Maybe, just maybe, this was a horrible unfortunate accident between a pedestrian and a vehicle. Sadly enough, until we humans become perfect, fatal wrecks will happen every day. I drive this section of road daily and see bad decisons made by pedestrians and drivers alike; shoot, I've made a few myself. Sometimes the sanctamonious holier than thou statements I read on here really get to me-I can't believe the immaturity and lack of sympathy some people show.

    As far as the "worst job of directing traffic" comment - for pete's sake, this was a potential crime scene and the police owe it to the drivers, the pedestrian, and to the community to do a thorough investigation to find out what happened. I'm sorry you were inconvenienced, but that sometimes happens. Let's say someone got car-jacked and shot to death there - would you stil be so callous?

  • southerntalent Mar 20, 2014

    there are several older homeless people living in the area who spend alot of time in the bus stop shelter at ihop and between the parking lot at burger king

  • jlaphotos Mar 20, 2014

    I was at Starbucks when it happened in the drivethru-- i didnt see it happen, but did hear ambulances soon after. When i left the body was laying not in the crosswalk or front of the car light line-- it was probably 75Ft just beside the center median near the left lane. She clearly didnt use the crosswalk from what I saw.

  • Bryan Ayers Mar 20, 2014
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    Streets are never 'pedestrian friendly'.
    Cross the street at crosswalks. Pay attention to the 'Walk/Don't Walk' signs.

  • Phyxius1 Mar 20, 2014

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    Story states that the person was hit by MULTIPLE vehicles. They could have been hit in the crosswalk and then thrown and hit again. I guess you were there to know the actual facts to say they were not in the sidewalk to start with 100% certainty? Condolences to the family on their loss no matter where in the road it happened.

  • 37 Mar 20, 2014

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    I am surprised this does not happen more often. We don't drive on the sidewalk. How about you don't walk in the road? Thanks in advance. I don't know or care if this applies to today's accident, but what do people expect to happen with such blatant disregard for their own safety?

  • CandyParamedic Mar 20, 2014

    I have seen pedestrians crossing when it was sketchy to do so because they had the mentality of, "Well they just have to stop" or always thinking they have the right of way because they are a pedestrian. Reality check: if they are not paying attention (texting, looking down at speedometer/gas gauge, etc) in that moment, any right of way you should or shouldn't have had ain't gonna save you.

  • pooodaddy Mar 20, 2014

    I live very close to that intersection and one of the first things you learn when moving in that area is to avoid Capital Blvd. North of 440 at all costs. This is why you see a lot of speed humps popping up in the adjacent neighborhoods.

  • Fanny Chmelar Mar 20, 2014
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    I agree... I've had to slow down because people are just strolling across the middle of the road taking their good old time. The scary ones are the mothers trying to get their brood across the street.

    We need a solution, too many people are breaking the law and putting themselves and others in danger. Either enforce current laws or build a pedestrian bridge.