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Pedestrian struck, killed near Willow Spring

Posted July 13, 2012

— A car struck and killed a pedestrian walking on Old Stage Road near Willow Spring Thursday night, according to troopers.

David Barbour was walking north near Bud Lipscomb Road around 11:30 p.m. when a car hit him. He was wearing dark clothing, troopers said.

The driver, whose name was not released, won't be charged in Barbour's death. However, the driver was cited for driving with a suspended license, troopers said. No other information was released.


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  • SueInNC Jul 18, 2012

    he should be charged...he shouldn't have been driving!

  • 2gurlz2boyzMom Jul 13, 2012

    was he walking against the traffic? everyone needs to know that you walk against traffic so you can see what the cars are doing. and don't wear dark clothes.

    hope he gets better, be glad that you still have him. my husband was walking in light clothes, and was left for dead...

  • k9sandQtrs Jul 13, 2012

    well, it WOULD be nice if people walking/jogging/biking alongside the road would wear bright and/or retro-reflective clothing. I certainly don't want to hit someone and it's certainly a lot easier not to if you are able to see them in time. Just because I'm used to driving on rural roads and am used to looking for the unexpected - motorized wheel chairs, donkeys, dogs, kids playing, etc - doesn't mean that it isn't helpful to do what you can to make yourself more visible.

  • pam0109 Jul 13, 2012

    I am the mom of David Barbours son and daughter. Thanks to all for your sympathy. David walked those roads many times especially as a kid. Its a shock that he would go out like this.

  • CrewMax Jul 13, 2012

    Yes, that is what we need to make us smart - more regulations.

  • trianglerelic Jul 13, 2012

    If Hunters have to wear Blaze orange (yes it's the law), why not require pedestrians and bikers to wear reflective vests after dark?

  • trianglerelic Jul 13, 2012

    Most military bases require Bikes, Motorcycle riders, joggers to wear highly visible reflective vests. Since many parts of the city do not have sidewalks or shoulders, the City could buy up a bunch of these reflective vests and offer them to residents at their cost. Seems like the majority of these pedestrian accidents happen at night..

  • itom68 Jul 13, 2012

    Someone should not have been driving.

  • fkhaywood Jul 13, 2012

    My wife and I are out almost every night and we encounter many pedestrians wearing dark clothing and walking with the traffic, which is a violation of DMV Statutes. Many are also not on sidewalks, even in townm if available. Mandy pedestrians semm to forget that their rights of using the streets and roads to walk will end when my bumper hits them. Dark clothing at night is a definite no-no, unless you are trying to hide. Visibility is a key to staying alive at night.

  • rk1115 Jul 13, 2012

    atleast it wasn't a cyclist this time