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Troopers ID teen hit by car in Smithfield

Posted October 22, 2013

— The North Carolina State Highway Patrol has identified a identified a person killed Sunday while walking along a road in Smithfield.

Troopers said Tuesday that Jonathan Barbour, 16, of 6232 Swift Creek Road in Smithfield, was walking east on Black Creek Road shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday when he was hit by a Ford mustang. A preliminary investigation shows Barbour was wearing dark clothing and struck from behind.

Troopers released a detailed description of Barbour on Monday and asked for the public’s help in identifying him. They did not say whether tips from the public led to his identification.

Troopers said evidence in the case so far has not led investigators to pursue charges against the driver.


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  • dejr8875 Oct 29, 2013

    Lets get to the fact of which side of the road to walk on....as I was returning home from taking my daughter to Johnathon's visitation, there was a teen walking on the right side of the road, but guess what....DARK CLOTHING. I didn't see this boy until I was within 10 feet of him. My daughter cried, and of course her words..it would look as if people would get the message after Johnathon's tragic death. Doesn't matter the issue at hand is there is a family grieving for the loss of their son, brother. Then he has the friends who are still looking for the answer of why did this have to happen, because they in fact are still children too, never expecting a tragedy like this to happen during their teenage years. My thoughts and prayers are with the Barbour family today as they lay him to rest. No parent should have to bury their child before themselves.

  • krissygonzales2 Oct 22, 2013

    At this point does it matter he was walking on wrong side road, wearing dark clothing? Have some sympathy. He was someones kid, brother, friend and so on. He is gone and thats just sad!! I for only cant even begin to imagine his families pain. My God be with them!! Prayers for the family!!!!

  • scubagirl2 Oct 22, 2013

    "Highway Patrol has identified a identified a person "

    I don't get why folks out walking at dusk/dawn/dark don't wear clothing that can be seen! It's asking for trouble, especially when paired with walking with ones back to oncoming traffic. Such a sad situation. Condolences to those who cared for him.

  • dejr8875 Oct 22, 2013

    This is a sad situation, why the walkers do wear dark clothing at night, I don't understand. My daughter went to school with him. She and many of her friends are heartbroken and shocked about his death. My thoughts are with his family.

  • GravyPig Oct 22, 2013

    "So he was walking on the wrong side of the road in the dark wearing dark clothing?"

    It would appear so. I see too many folks who do this. If they aren't wearing dark clothing then they are walking with their back to traffic. My girlfriend about hit a man the other night for the same reason. On the wrong side in black clothing and she couldn't see him until she was right on him.

  • Obamacare is here Oct 22, 2013

    So he was walking on the wrong side of the road in the dark wearing dark clothing?