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Two women struck by vehicles near Rolesville; one dead

Posted April 30, 2010

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— Two vehicles hit two women, killing one of them, on N.C. Highway 96 near Rolesville at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Troopers said the women, who were friends, were trying to cross the highway. The first woman got across the road, but the second woman, Diane Reid Babu, 46, of 3043 Lake Wheeler Road, Apt. I in Raleigh, was struck by a Honda Civic and died.

The first woman, whose name was not released, went back to check on her friend and was struck by a pickup truck, troopers said. She suffered a broken leg.

Charges will not be filed against the drivers, troopers said.

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  • wildcat Apr 30, 2010

    Not really news WRAL. All it seems you care about is some type of wreck. Why?

  • mad_dash Apr 30, 2010

    A lot of people will walk as close as they can get to your car.. like they DARE YOU to hit them!

  • Mugu Apr 30, 2010

    Almost every single day, I almost hit a pedestrian jaywalking, standing in the middle of the street and walking down the street, even if there is a perfectly good sidewalk five feet away.

  • CicnyKid Apr 30, 2010

    Here's what the law says:

    § 20‑174. Crossing at other than crosswalks; walking along highway.

    [PEDESTRIANS RESPONSIBLITY]
    (a) Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right‑of‑way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

    [DRIVERS RESPONSIBILITY]
    (e) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian upon any roadway, and shall give warning by sounding the horn when necessary, and shall exercise proper precaution upon observing any child or any confused or incapacitated person upon a roadway. (1937, c. 407, s. 135; 1973, c. 1330, s. 33.)

  • neetieneet Apr 30, 2010

    "I would speculate that there was some impairment here" tamiy.stars

    I often read the comments written and to often people "speculate" about what has/did happen. We all are entitled to our opinion, however some of the comments made are so thoughtless at times, especially in times of tragedy. Maybe some of the thoughtless comments come from individuals who have never suffered tragedy in their own lives or families. My comment to those people are "keep on living" and some day tragedy will knock at your front door and I wonder how you would feel if you read these type comments. This was not just directed to tamiya.stars it is for everyone to consider.

  • burnhace Apr 30, 2010

    Sometimes tragedies occur and no one is to blame. Bad things happen to good people. It is time therefore, what with the increase in our population density, to make our public roads more friendly to pedestrians, even distracted pedestrians who are in a hurry. The roads are owned by all the citizens, not just those who can afford a car.

  • cth1 Apr 30, 2010

    "Of course there will be no charges against the drivers...God forbid people to have to pay attention to the road and what's on it!catalyst74"

    You're kidding...right?? I didn't see where the article said the drivers weren't paying attention. Why should the drivers be charged? They were driving down the road..at night...when someone stepped in front of their car. Guess you've never had an animal or anything run in front of you when you've been driving..huh? I've hit a child before..this same situation...I was driving in my lane & she darted in front of my car.There was ZERO time to react. Thankfully..she's okay & only suffered a broken leg. But,let me tell you...that's something you will NEVER forget. It happened 22 years ago & I still remember every detail..even the sound of her body hitting my car. You can't blame the driver when they're doing what they're supposed to do. They will live with that for the rest of their lives.
    Prayers for the women,their families & the drivers!

  • wminaholden3 Apr 30, 2010

    YES TRUE THERE IS LAWS OF THE ROAD AND WE NEED TO PRAY AND CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR THE FAMILIES BECAUSE WE HAVE CHILDREN THAT HAVE LOST THEIR MOTHER BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR SISTER AND CHILDREN WHO HAVE LOST THEIR GRANDMOTHER. WE NEED TO BE MORE COMPASSIONATE FOR THE FAMILIES INVOLVED.

  • Homeward Apr 30, 2010

    If those women did dart out it's a terrible shame that the consequences are so grim. However, those drivers have to live with what they've done, even if they were not at fault, and that, too, is a terrible shame.

    Thank goodness none of us here apparently knows what it's like to have accidentally killed another human.

  • tamiya_stars Apr 30, 2010

    Sorry but I don't see how people constantly can't even manage to cross the street without being run over. Unless the cars didn't have their lights on, there is no reason why a adult cannot cross the street at night without getting hit. I would speculate there was some impairment involved here somewhere.

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