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Raleigh police search for suspect in wheelchair hit and run

Posted March 6, 2013

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— Police are looking for the driver who hit a man Monday night as he was crossing the street in east Raleigh, sending both him and his wheelchair flying into the air.

Alejandro Lopopo, 45, was on his way to a local store near his home on Diquedo Drive around 8:45 p.m. when witnesses said a dark-colored sedan hit him as he crossed the street at Skycrest and Charney drives.

By the time Lopopo saw the car, he said Wednesday, it was too late for him to get out of the way.

"I was thinking, 'It's going to kill me,' Lopopo said. "He almost killed me, and he kept going. He didn't stop."

Witnesses said they saw Lopopo flying through the air and land on the ground in a heap and then saw the sedan, with a damaged front end, speeding away. The car also had a dangling bumper, and a side mirror was found at the scene of the wreck.

Suspect sought in wheelchair hit and run Suspect sought in wheelchair hit and run

The force of the impact knocked Lopopo out of his wheelchair, which was mangled. The chair, he said, likely saved his life.

"That's why I'm thinking I'm alive," Lopopo said. "If you saw that wheelchair, nobody can sit on that wheelchair and live."

Lopopo was treated at a local hospital for injuries to his legs, as well as cuts on his arms, elbows and right eye.

He did get a new wheelchair but said the accident is a big setback for him as he was already disabled when he was hit by a car in 2007.

Anyone with information that could help investigators solve the case is asked to contact Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357.

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  • lwe1967 Mar 7, 2013

    Wilson321 - you should have gotten the tag number or the car # and reported the trooper to the Highway Patrol and see that charges were brought!

  • lwe1967 Mar 7, 2013

    This shows just how callous that some people have become! I hope when they catch the person, that their license is suspended and that they will serve a long jail time.

  • wilson321 Mar 7, 2013

    This comes as no surprise to me. When leaving work I have to cross N. Wilmington St in Raleigh with a marked crosswalk. Rarely do cars slow down or allow pedestrians to cross. One time I was almost run down by a State Trooper who was talking on a cell phone at the time.

  • Obamacare rises Mar 7, 2013

    How can anyone run over a disable person and leave them for dead. Absolutely disgusting.

  • working for deadbeats Mar 7, 2013

    Hopefully somebody in the area will break the no snitching rule for this one. Was he in a marked crosswalk?

  • Dido Mar 6, 2013

    Glad he was not seriously hurt and hope they find the individual responsible for his injuries.

  • jcrew1979 Mar 6, 2013

    Wow, dude is blessed it wasn't worse. Hope they find the heartless person who hit him.

  • Scubagirl Mar 6, 2013

    Glad he wasn't injured worse than he was. Talk about some bad luck-getting hit twice!!!! Hope they catch the scumbag quickly-car should be easy to spot I would think

  • Granny Mar 6, 2013

    Hope they find this person soon!

  • PanthersFan45 Mar 6, 2013

    Sounds like there were a lot of eye witnesses to this one. I suspect they will find the driver (and car) quickly.