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Woman hit and killed on I-40 in Raleigh

Posted September 23, 2011
Updated September 24, 2011

— A Durham woman was struck and killed early Friday morning trying to cross Interstate 40 West in Raleigh, authorities said.

According to a wreck report, Alice Jewell Terry, 22, of 425 E. Pilot St, Apt 15, was attempting to cross the westbound lane between Lake Wheeler Road and Gorman Street around 1 a.m.

Police said Terry had been riding in a friend's car and had been arguing when the driver pulled over on the shoulder.

Terry got out of the passenger seat, walked around the back of the car and tried to cross the four-lane highway when she was hit by Jae Rho, 35, of Morrisville. She was thrown 80 feet.

Rho, who hasn't been charged, told WRAL News that it was dark and raining heavily and that he didn't see Terry until it was too late. He said police told him it was not his fault.

Authorities suspect Terry may have been under the influence when she was hit. 

Raleigh police closed all westbound lanes of I-40 for about three hours overnight and diverted traffic around the wreck while investigators tried to recreate the scene. I-40 reopened around 4:25 a.m.

Authorities were not sure how long Terry was walking before she was hit. No charges have been filed at this time.


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  • 2gurlz2boyzMom Sep 23, 2011

    reading posts on here can hurt most people. it did in july 2009. everyone wanted to assume what my husband was doing when he was walking home on a side street, and someone hit him and drove off. my husband WAS drunk, but that wasn't why he was killed. at least he didn't drive home.
    but it does make you wonder (without all the facts) as to why she was on the road, did she see the car, did she step out on purpose, was the driver going too fast for the road conditions....there are a lot of things to consider. but on here, as i have learned so well...everyone is entitled to their opinions, and there are a lot of them. as i stated in my first post, condolences to the family and loved ones. prayers and thoughts to the man who hit her, it will be something that he remembers for a long time.

  • mzzdebbie09 Sep 23, 2011

    So let me make this clear…none of you people know what really happened...the circumstances are way more then what this article is saying...you people worried bout the wrong things...read the article take heed to what its saying and move on…this is someones family member...reading some of these post really hurt me.

  • davidk_at_unc Sep 23, 2011

    "It is against the law for any pedestrian traffic on any interstate." -- Shine -On

    Ya know, every time a story comes along about someone being hit while walking along the interstate, someone always pops up and talks about how that's illegal. Can you cite any reference to this? Here's a link to the NCDOT pedestrian laws. It clearly says on page 19 that you can't HITCHHIKE on an interstate highway, but I can find anything that prohibits WALKING along an interstate.


  • 2gurlz2boyzMom Sep 23, 2011

    if they don't know who she was with, how do they know there was an argument and she started walking?

    not unless when they went to inform the family, the family had known they had gotten out of the car. it's a good possibility.

  • esprg Sep 23, 2011

    That is one sad situation...I've attempted & even thought about getting out of a friends car when I got mad, but I just stayed mad, quiet and said take me home.

    I hope her friend feels awful & I know the argument was not worth her dying over...usually they never are~

  • baracus Sep 23, 2011

    "No, I see you're still here. Really?! That is a terrible thing to say. I guess YOU'VE never done anything in the heat of anger in your life that was a lapse in good judgement? Actually, I stand corrected. YOU JUST DID!!!"

    For some reason I doubt that what he poasted was a lapse.

  • 2gurlz2boyzMom Sep 23, 2011

    no charges is correct, but was he traveling at a safe speed in the rain. he could just get a ticket for that. but going 65 in the rain, in the middle of the night, is too fast. no you're not expecting someone to be walking on the road. but here's the question... at night, lights are on the cars, or supposed to be, why did she not move when she saw them? why was she in the middle of the highway?
    my condolences go out to her family. thoughts go out to the man, thank goodness he stopped and didn't drive off, cause then he would have charges.

  • dontgetmestarted Sep 23, 2011

    At least the gene pool has been cleansed.

    No, I see you're still here. Really?! That is a terrible thing to say. I guess YOU'VE never done anything in the heat of anger in your life that was a lapse in good judgement? Actually, I stand corrected. YOU JUST DID!!!

  • dontgetmestarted Sep 23, 2011

    I guess we will have to wait until all the pieces are in place in order to be able to make sense of it all. I just wish that the news outlets would wait on reporting until they had more information!!!

    That's why it's NEWS, it's NEW. You don't always have all the facts at the beginning. If they waited till they had ALL the facts then it would be OLD news and people would complain that they always reported OLD stories they already heard somewhere else. Besides, sometimes we never know the full story, ever heard of "cold cases"?

  • dontgetmestarted Sep 23, 2011

    she may have been with someone who was abusive and got out, it could have been witnessed, but I don't think she was taking an evening stroll and intentionally breaking the law by walking down I40.

    While what you said is true, the law is the law.