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Witnesses describe scene of gas station hit-and-run

Posted June 13, 2012
Updated June 14, 2012

— A man who was working on an underground well at a Raleigh gas station was struck by a car and killed Wednesday afternoon, police said. 

The person who called 911 told dispatchers, "A lady just ran over a man that was in a manhole at the gas station." 

Randy L. Wilson, who was employed by a private contractor Clean Fuels, was doing work in one of the manholes at Family Fare BP, at 4000 New Bern Ave. 

Shortly before 12:30 p.m., a driver pulling away from one of the gas pumps struck Wilson, 50. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

"He has blood running out of his ears, and we can't tell if he is breathing," the caller told emergency dispatchers.

Witnesses provided a description of the car and driver to police, who found Deborah J. Dunkley, 52, a short time later and charged her with misdemeanor death by vehicle and unsafe movement. Dunkley, who was released on a $5,000 bond, will make her first court appearance Friday at 2 p.m.

Police have not said whether Dunkley realized she hit Wilson before driving away.

Investigators want to talk to anyone who might have witnessed the incident but left the area before police arrived. Witnesses who haven’t spoken with police can call Officer Jamie Rigsbee at 919-996-1188 or may call the Raleigh Police Department Tip Line at 919-834-HELP.


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  • beaulahjackson4 Jun 14, 2012

    skeeter II
    I couldn't possibly agree with you more! Amen! I grew up here and nobody ever seemed to be in as much of a hurry, it didn't take more than 10 minutes to get just about anywhere in town. 10 years ago it was starting to get bad. 5 years ago it was bad, but in the last 3 years it is off the charts. Speeding is not enforced much at all, other than the hwy. LEO's are missing the boat, it's amazing what illegal activities you find through speeders, illegal lane changes, out of date tags, etc., etc. A perfect example is Timothy McVay, who was pulled over by a State Trooper in Noble County in Perry, Oklahoma just after bombing the Murrah building for........SPEEDING. And he had outdated tags as well as a loaded gun under the seat.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jun 14, 2012

    Ok, so maybe she didn't know. How she could miss the orange cones though is hard to understand. Those who loved this guy are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • dcatz Jun 14, 2012

    Here is the crash report :

    The area was clearly marked by orange cones.

  • Native_NCer Jun 14, 2012

    The article does not say but I thought state law states that two workers are supposed to be on-site when work is is being done in a manhole. One to do the work and one to monitor the person at risk. Cars are not the only issue. Deadly gases, explosions, physical issues, electrical shock, etc. are all dangers. No excuse for running over the cones but as for me I would try to park my vehicle next to the manhole as a barrier to traffic when possible. Sad for both parties involved.

  • bettyboop40 Jun 14, 2012

    tragic tragic story! prayers to this poor man's family

  • Kbo Jun 14, 2012

    OneLove- I think way more people know the law than care about it. A written test can't make them stop believing laws apply to everyone but them.

  • OneLove Jun 14, 2012

    YEARS AGO you had to pass a written test to renew your licenses "skeeter" ~ You know, I THOUGHT I had taken a written test! Its been so long! And YES. the written test would help ensure folks know the law. Some, you don't have to practice as often, but need to know.

  • seankelly15 Jun 14, 2012

    SmokeWagon - "Liberals would never go along with that....low IQ's are a necessary part of their voter block...!!!!"

    Oh? I didn't know that you voted with the liberals. You are not in the triple digits.....

  • skeeter II Jun 14, 2012

    NC drivers do not know the laws! People cut through businesses on the corners to avoid stop lights or stop signs and do not know that is against the law.
    YEARS AGO you had to pass a written test to renew your licenses! Everyone went by the driver's license office and picked up a book to study before taking the written test -- thus renewing their knowledge of the driving laws. I think this was stopped because IT WAS TOO EXPENSIVE TO CONDUCT THE TESTING.

    Maybe it is time to start the written test again.

    Also, compared to years ago, the number of police that concentrate of driving violations has drastically declined -- just not enough to police on traffic duty! Some think that stopping a car on a busy street would disrupt traffic -- maybe it should!

  • Cattle Gal Jun 14, 2012

    It would be nice to know a little more about this situation. Was the manhole sectioned off with orange cones and tape so it was easy to see that work was being conducted? There are too little facts missing in this piece to know what to think. Regardless, it is tragic.