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Raleigh pedestrian death likely wasn't hit and run

Posted November 7, 2010

— A hit and run in Raleigh over the weekend might not have been a hit and run after all, police said Sunday evening.

Investigators initially reported Saturday that they were looking for the driver responsible for the death of Richard Christopher Maher, 41, of Knightdale. He was found dead along Capital Boulevard near Interstate 440 around 3:45 a.m. Saturday.

Jim Sughrue, a spokesman for the Raleigh Police Department, said the investigation, however, has led detectives to believe that Maher had actually been lying in the roadway when a car hit him.

The driver of that car remained at the site and spoke with investigators. It was unclear, Sughrue said, why Maher was in the road.

Officers are asking for the public’s help in the investigation, especially from anyone who might have known Maher or know about his activities before he was killed.

Anyone with information can contact Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357.


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  • aquaaja1 Nov 8, 2010

    hey wral, what ever happened to the little boy that got hurt in the car wreck @ Poole&New Hope Rd last Wed eve ??

  • tracyallan520 Nov 8, 2010

    The driver who accidentally hit this man (who was possibly trying to commit suicide) will need some intense therapy, I know I would. You don't expect someone to be laying in the road while you are driving. I am sure the driver will have this in their head and on their mind forever.. I really pray for this person and hope they will be okay..

  • kcfoxie Nov 8, 2010

    Crossing outside a crosswalk = Contributory Negligence. This is you, the driver's, defense and it is incontestable.

  • YourMom Nov 8, 2010

    My thoughts go out to the family of the man deceased; may they somehow find comfort in the good memories they have of him.

    RE: Capital Blvd: I recommend to all the drivers reading this - watch out. I have had many experiences driving home from work at night of people dressed darkly and crossing Capital. In one instance most recently I couldn't see the man until we were so close I thought if I were speeding we would have hit him for sure - not to mention he was just sauntering across the road at the worst possible time; almost daring the traffic to hit him it seemed. There are many parts of Capital that are either really poorly lit or backlit to the point it's even harder to see a figure in the road through the glare.
    Maybe some day Raleigh will have the money to put in cat-walks.

  • LovemyPirates Nov 8, 2010

    So he was dead before the car hit him?

  • lookn4spac Nov 8, 2010

    Perhaps because they FIRST thought the guy who hit him was the SECOND guy (i.e., after a hit and run) but later determined that he had only been hit once- by the guy who remained on scene. Probably not easy to tell how many times a person was hit when he is just lying on the ground...

  • IAMAmerican Nov 8, 2010

    If the driver of the incident remained at the site, why were they calling it a hit and run, and actively seeking the driver??

    Because he was the second driver to hit him! The first one fleed the scene.

  • wakeforest914 Nov 8, 2010

    i agree, the story is very confusing

  • kikinc Nov 8, 2010

    According to yesterday's news, it was thought that he was hit by another car first, and that's why he was in the roadway. The driver that stopped was thought to be the second driver to hit him.

  • SmileAndNod Nov 8, 2010

    If the driver of the incident remained at the site, why were they calling it a hit and run, and actively seeking the driver??