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Pedestrian struck, killed in Zebulon

Posted December 6, 2010

— A Zebulon man was struck and killed early Monday while walking along N.C. Highway 97, Zebulon Police Chief Timothy Hayworth said.

Ronnie Edwards, 61, of Annie Joe Lane, was hit at about 5:15 a.m. west of a Burger King on the highway, but the incident wasn't reported until about 30 minutes later, Hayworth said.

Donald Bridges, 50, of 617 Devon Place in Zebulon, was in custody and was expected to be charged with felony hit and run, Hayworth said.

Bridges left the scene of the accident in his Dodge Durango and returned a short time later in another vehicle, Hayworth said. He then went to a nearby gas station to call 911.

A caller told a dispatcher in a 911 call released Tuesday afternoon that he was driving to a nearby teller machine when he saw a man lying at the edge of the road.

"I don't know if he's been hit or what because I didn't stop and look at him," the caller said.

There was no indication that speed or alcohol were factors in the incident, Hayworth said.

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  • jjv62 Dec 9, 3:03 p.m.

    I want to first convey my sincere sympathy to the family of Mr. ERonnie Edwards. I cannot imagine similar news being brought to me regarding such a tragic and horrible passing of one of my very own family member's. It is beyond sadness..beyond what proper words can profess. I am trully sorry for him and them all. I would drive down 97 in this area from time to time. Along the strech by Lizard Lick Towing and towards the Town of Zebulon/Burger King. On that strech of road on occasion I would see a man jogging. He would run along the grassy areas of 97. To me, this man looked just like Ronnie Edwards. Whether is was him or not, I am sorry for it happening to him. If it was him, it more-so is saddening to me since this man who ran and on occasion would wave to me as I passed, seemed to be part of my day. It was refreshing to see this man taking care of himself. It seem's to me during these horrific times of men murdering there wives, Mother killing their children etc-etc, there seems to b

  • candiabl Dec 8, 1:57 p.m.

    YOU ALL DISGUST ME...YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THE TRAGEDY THAT TOOK PLACE MONDAY MORNING. I DONT THINK THE TIME THAT EDWARDS WAS WALKING IS RELEVANT,THE FACT IS HIS LIFE WAS TAKEN. HE WAS STRUCK BY BRIDGES AND LEFT ALL ALONE IN THE COLD TO FIGHT FOR HIS LIFE..IS THERE A POSSIBLITY EDWARDS COULD HAVE SURVIVED IF 911 WAS CALLED RIGHT AWAY? BRIDGES WENT HOME AND CHANGED VEHICLES CAME BACK APPROXIMATELY 30 MINUTES LATER TO CALL 911 AND THEN LIED TO THE POLICE SAYING HE DIDNT HIT NO ONE. IF THIS HAPPEN TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY I'M SURE YOU ALL WOULD FEEL DIFFERENT. IT'S VERY EASY TO MAKE ALL THESE NEGATIVE COMMENTS UNTIL IT HAPPENS TO YOU. EDWARDS FAMILY IS HURT ENOUGH AND YOUR COMMENTS DO NOTHING BUT CAUSE MORE PAIN. ALL OF YOU ARE IGNORANT TO WHAT HAS HAPPENED AND I HOPE THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY NEVER HAVE TO EXPERIENCE WHAT MY FAMILY IS GOING THROUGH. EDWARDS LOST HIS LIFE BRIDGES STILL HAS HIS.
    R.I.P. RONNIE, WE ALL LOVE YOU AND YOU WILL BE MISSED.

  • scoley80 Dec 8, 10:09 a.m.

    AND ALSO ONLY 2 PEOPLE KNOWS WHAT HAPPENED MONDAY MORNING AND ONE IS DEAD

  • scoley80 Dec 8, 9:03 a.m.

    YOU KNOW ALOT OF PEOPLE ARE TALKING AND HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT SURE MAY HAVE BEEN AN ACCIDENT BUT A MANS LIFE MAY HAVE BEEN SAVED IF 911 HAD BEEN CALLED INSTENTLY INSTEAD OF SOMEONE TRYING TO COVER SOMETHING UP FOR WHAT EVER REASON. PEOPLE GET HIT BY CARS EVERYDAY AND DONT DIE IF HE WOULD HAVE GOTTEN MEDICAL ATTENTION SOONER THAN 30-45 MINS AFTER IT HAPPENED HE MAY HAVE BEEN SAVED. TALK ABOUT HEARTLESS, JUST THINK ABOUT THE FAMILY WHO ARE READING THESE IGNORANT COMMENTS YOU PEOPLE ARE WRITING OR ABOUT THE MOTHER WHO LOST A CHILD THE BROTHER WHO LOST A BROTHER AND THE SISTER WHO LOST A BROTHER AND ARE REALLY SUFFERING RIGHT NOW BECAUSE OF SOMEONE'S NEGLEGANCE I KNOW THIS BECAUSE THE MAN THAT LOST HIS LIFE WAS MY UNCLE. FUTHERMORE WHY THE $200 DOLLARS HE HAD WASNT FOUND OR WHY HIS BODY WAS LAYING IN A POOL OF BLOOD APPROXIMATLEY 30 FT FROM WHERE HE WAS HIT ACROSS A 5FT WIDE AND 5FT DEEP DITCH AND LAYING ON THE PAVEMENT NOONE KNOWS THE REAL FACTS SO YOU PEOPLE STOP SPECU

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Dec 7, 11:44 a.m.

    FYI... my previous post also applies to dkjeffers. Sorry. Didn't mean to leave you out.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Dec 7, 11:43 a.m.

    srhodes4: "Why don't you people have some sympathy for this man, who was killed, and his family and stop trying to be lawyers, this is not the place............"

    Why are you people on here showing sympathy and typing eulogies? This is not the place. This IS the place for people to discuss OPENLY the various articles that appear. If you want to show sympathy or type a eulogy, go to the Funeral Home's website. That's the appropriate place for that.

    Here, we will discuss the science of the matter without regard to who we are talking about. Its open and generic.

  • AtALost Dec 7, 10:15 a.m.

    Regardless of who has the right of way, the pedestrian will lose against any vehicle. I frequently see pedestrians who proudly walk in front of cars. Parents need to teach their kids to respect vehicles. Being right won't do anything for the head trauma, broken bones or even worse when you get slammed into the pavement or tossed across the parking lot.

  • balance Dec 7, 9:14 a.m.

    No matter what, a man is dead.

  • YA RECKON Dec 6, 4:08 p.m.

    I think what people were trying to say was that just because you may have the right of way it may not be safe to excersize that right, like when the light turns green, yeah it may be my turn to go but I always look for the guy running the light to be sure the intersection is clear before I move my car into it. just cause the light is green does not mean its safe to go, just as a pedestrian has the right of way, doesn't mean its safe to go.

  • The Fox Dec 6, 3:57 p.m.

    A shame. Bridge lives behind the Burger King where it happened. Why he drove around the corner home, who knows. Edwards lived up the road about a mile west.

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