Pedestrian killed on I-95 near Smithfield
Posted December 11, 2013
Smithfield, N.C. — 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.