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Pedestrian killed on I-540

Posted October 24, 2008

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— A pedestrian trying to cross Interstate 540 was struck by a vehicle Friday morning and died a short time later, police said.

Chico Baldwin, 53, of Liberty, died at Duke University Hospital of injuries suffered in the 10:30 a.m. incident, police said.

Highway Patrol troopers said they believe Baldwin parked in the I-540 median between the Interstate 40 and Aviation Parkway interchanges and walked into the eastbound lanes of the highway. He was struck by a Toyota sport utility vehicle driven by Trisha Kaminski, 26, of West Melbourne, Fla., police said.

No charges have been filed in the case. Police said speed and alcohol didn't appear to be factors in the case.

Several lanes of I-540 were closed after the incident while authorities investigated. Traffic was slowed for about three hours.


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  • rlbecton Oct 27, 2008

    The last time I saw Chico was Thursday, October 23, 2008. He said "I'll see ya tomorrow, " and I said, "No, it'll be Monday,cause I have to go to court Friday, so I wont be here." He said, "Oh, ok. Well, Have a good weekend." It didn't feel like the last time I would talk to him. It felt like any other day.

    I had to be out of work Friday for a ticket and this is what I missed. I thank God for letting me meet Chico. I only knew him a short 11 weeks, but it feels like I knew him for years. This just goes to show you that you never know when your time will come. I would have never thought that when I did see him on Monday(today), his beautiful spirit would already be gone.

    I still have no idea what he was doing outside of his van, but I do know that he was one of the sweetest spirits I've ever met. He was very kind, respectful, and giving. I can still hear his voice as he sang 'Happy Birthday' to me over the phone on my Birthday.

    My thoughts and Prayers go out to his Family.

  • vaulter Oct 24, 2008

    bill52674 - we do have those signs on our interstates

  • shellbelle Oct 24, 2008

    Guess he forgot the old - "stop, look, and listen" - that we were taught as kids.

    It's sad to hear about something like this.

  • JAT Oct 24, 2008

    It was along this same stretch that the woman many months ago parked her van and walked up the road and jumped, trying to commit suicide. I remember coming by the van as the cop was looking at it and afterwards thinking it was odd that she'd put her hazard lights on. Was she hoping someone would stop before she jumped? Just rambling thoughts....

  • SimpleGurlNC Oct 24, 2008

    I was wondering what happen when I was coming to work RTP. I pray he is okay. I think his car might have been on the right side ext 40/Page Rd. Not sure as why he was crossing this busy hwy but again hope and pray he be okay.

  • hollylama Oct 24, 2008

    Wonder how many of those pedestrians were trying to committ suicide due to financial stress?

  • emilypaige Oct 24, 2008

    Ratnix, while this is a very serious situation - your post was funny as h*ll!!!

  • ideight Oct 24, 2008

    I remember growing up as a kid seeing signs "Pedestrians not allowed" on interstate highways. Don't know why they're not put on the highways in NC

    Because MOST people have common sense....at least i like to believe they do

  • bill52674 Oct 24, 2008

    I remember growing up as a kid seeing signs "Pedestrians not allowed" on interstate highways. Don't know why they're not put on the highways in NC.

  • Skywatch_NC Oct 24, 2008

    Sadly, quite a few pedestrians struck this week.

    Prayers and thoughts with the man and his family.