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Pedestrian killed while crossing Capital Boulevard

Posted October 20, 2008

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— Raleigh police Monday evening identified a man who died when two cars hit him while he was trying to cross Capital Boulevard near old Buffaloe Road.

The accident closed three lanes of traffic Monday morning.

Byron Reyes Rodriguez, 33, of 2013 Carthage Circle in Raleigh, was crossing outside a crosswalk when a northbound car in the far-left travel lane hit him, police said. The impact threw Rodriguez into the path of a second car that was in the northbound left-turn lane, and he was hit again, investigating officers said.

The accident happened about 9:30 a.m.

No charges were filed.


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  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Oct 20, 2008

    I've even seen people running across the Durham Freeway, and get this -- it happened directly UNDER the people bridge!!! People need to realize that drivers driving the full posted speed only have a number of seconds to respond when they see someone crossing like that. And if they slam on their brakes, the cars behind them might plow into them and/or the pedestrian. It's a ridiculous risk to take, and for such a small gain.

  • colliedave Oct 20, 2008

    I do believe there are pedestrian crossing signals at this intersection. This individual didn't wait for the signal to change to indicate it is safe to cross. His impatience cost him his life.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Oct 20, 2008

    "No where in the article does is state they were jaywalking...SO MAYBe the person who was driving ran a red light in a hurry to get someplace or how about on their cell phone not paying attention!"

    Actually, it does.....

    "He was not crossing in a crosswalk, Sughrue said."

  • Steve Crisp Oct 20, 2008

    To MM:

    You wouldn't necessarily see skidmarks with anti-lock brakes.

  • mjjunk Oct 20, 2008

    I see people hanging out in the median on Capital Blvd all the time... how do they get there? They illegally cross the road. Don't get me wrong, Capital Blvd definitely isn't pedestrian friendly, but people still need to obey the traffic laws. Just because they don't want to walk an extra 100' to get to a crosswalk isn't an excuse. I feel sorry for this fella either way. What we need to clear up the clutter on Capital (put overhead electric underground, make the intersections more defined, reduce the sizes of signs for businesses, have places for the buses to pull off when picking up passengers) and then people might be able to actually pay attention to traffic and pedestrians.

  • cameragirl Oct 20, 2008

    The article states that he was not in the crosswalk. It also did not say that it was a hit and run. I think that some of you can't read but can sure make comments.

  • LOC Oct 20, 2008

    sad rip!

  • FE Oct 20, 2008

    It's not safe to cross Cap Blvd in a CAR!

    I was run into the curb this morning by a woman driving a SUV who came into my lane - no signal, no look, no nothing.

    It was interesting she had a "Friends of Animals" specialized license plate - too bad she could not be a bit more "friendly" to the other drivers out there!


  • jointheir Oct 20, 2008

    so this was a hit and run? If so then I find it interesting how they made a note to say that he was not crossing on a corner. Who is more in the wrong I guess is the question I would ask. The one who got hit and died but was not at a crosswalk? or the one who hit and killed the person and left?

  • MorrisseyMusings Oct 20, 2008

    That's pretty funny that they added that the person wasn't crossing at a crosswalk after I posted my comment... Well, I will say this: I did NOT see any skid marks, and I DEFINTELY looked...