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Pedestrian killed on I-95 near Smithfield

Posted December 11, 2013

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— A work van hit a man walking in the median of Interstate 95 in Johnston County late Wednesday, killing him, authorities said.

Arnold Newsome, 72, was hit by the side of a northbound van just south of the interchange with U.S. Highway 70, near Smithfield, at about 8 p.m., authorities said.

State Highway Patrol troopers said the van driver, Jesus Hernandez, of Bailey, won't face charges. No witnesses saw Newsome in the dark before the crash, and he shouldn't have been on the highway, troopers said.

Newsome had been staying with his son, who lives nearby. Authorities said alcohol might have played a role in his decision to walk in the I-95 median.

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Dec 12, 2013

    @elisamwright, you might want to get your speedometer checked.

  • simplelogic Dec 12, 2013

    What a sad situation. What I don't understand is how someone can be hit by the SIDE of a vehicle.

  • I know some stuff Dec 12, 2013

    why won't the driver be charged?
    The MEDIAN is not part of the traveled highway.
    The shoulder generally isn't either.
    Why was the van in the median? Isn't that generally a grass area?
    While not smart to be walking there, you sure wouldn't expect a moving vehicle in the median. What's up?

  • Obamacare for one and all Dec 12, 2013

    What was this man doing walking on the interstate? What is the fascination with walking on the highways around here?

  • bubbaredneck Dec 12, 2013

    I saw the aftermath of this last night as i was going to meet my family at The C------ Barrel to eat supper. Let's just say it's a terrible thing no matter the situation of the van. Someone lost a family member and it's Christmas. Just sad all the way around.
    And for the lane squatter comment, i ride in the left lane a lot because if you don't (and i don't run the posted speed, normally 8 over) you are constantly changing lanes through this area and causing more of a problem. If people would recognize the acceleration lane for what it is they could get onto the interstate without affecting traffic. not stopping at the end of the on ramp and looking. Or northerners stopping beside the road to change drivers instead of getting off an exit to do it. Use some commons sense people. Just keep it flowing and it all works better. And i pay taxes on both sides of the road. So I will use it as desired.

  • elisamwright Dec 12, 2013

    "If people didn't speed, there'd be a lot less talk about left lane squatters."

    JustOneGodLessThanU

    not from me, don't know how many times I've been stuck behind people doing less than the speed limit in the left lane, sometimes up to 10mph less, but usually 3-4-5mph, and they just don't get it. or even worse, they speed up to keep you from passing them, then slow back down once you are forced back into the left lane by an even slower driver. sometimes they come zipping up in the left lane then slow down and ride in your blind spot as though they're trying to cause an accident to get an insurance settlement. Same goes for people in the right lane that speed up to keep you from passing them - the laws need to be changed to something more like the "rules of the road" at sea and put the responsibility on the vehicle being passed to yield, maintain course and speed, or slow down & move to starboard in restricted waters and gives the passer right-of-way.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Dec 12, 2013

    @bigbr0ther said, "Left lane is made for passing."

    Yep, and you're never supposed to exceed the speed limit. Ever. Not by 1 MPH.

    If people didn't speed, there'd be a lot less talk about left lane squatters. It's hypocritical to criticize one law breaker while simultaneously breaking the law.

    It's like you're selling cocaine on the street corner, but you call the police when someone else starts selling prescription drugs. "Hey, you're not supposed to do THAT! That's my corner! Help, POLICE!!!"

  • bigbr0ther Dec 12, 2013

    Wonder why the van was riding in the left lane. If it was passing a car then that's a good reason. Too many people ride in the left lane for no other reason then to just be there. Left lane is made for passing. Several other states along the East coast will ticket a driver to staying in the left lane.