Man killed trying to cross I-440 in Raleigh

Posted November 13, 2010
Updated November 14, 2010

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— A pedestrian was struck and killed by an SUV on Interstate 440 in Raleigh Saturday evening, closing eastbound lanes of the highway for about three hours, police said.

Paul Wayland Johnson, 59, of Raleigh, tried to cross I-440 near Western Boulevard around 8:15 p.m., police said. The wreck report states that he "darted in front" of an oncoming SUV.

The occupants of the SUV were not injured.

The SUV was going about 60 mph, which is the legal speed limit there, and the driver pulled over to the side of the road after the wreck, the report states.

No charges were filed.

Authorities closed I-440 East for about three hours to investigate and clear the wreck. Traffic was routed onto the exit ramp and returned to the highway just east of Western Boulevard.


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  • ncguy Nov 15, 2010

    Frogger anyone?

  • natebrew Nov 15, 2010

    "The SUV was going about 60 mph, which is the legal speed limit there"
    i drive through there pretty much everyday, and i'm pretty sure the speed limit is 55.

  • wewoods Nov 15, 2010

    Doubt Marijuana makes you want to cross a busy interstate. Doesn't it make you more paranoid?

    Why even bring up marijuana? Did the story even mention it? No. Public records 30+ years ago really have no relevance today.

  • leo-nc Nov 15, 2010

    He has a DOC record of driving while license revoked and possession of marijuana but that was in the 70's. I'm sure not much has changed and it finally got the best of him, unfortunately.

  • tritonlm6 Nov 15, 2010

    Bummer. That second pic looks like a mug shot. I wonder if alcohol was involved?

  • shortcake53 Nov 15, 2010

    I feel so badly for the man who hit him. It was certainly not his fault, but I'm sure it will haunt him for a very long time. What on earth makes someone think its ok to cross a highway, on foot, in the dark?? Prayers to both families.