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Woman killed crossing S. Saunders Street

Posted July 22, 2014
Updated July 23, 2014

A woman was killed Tuesday night when she was hit by a truck on South Saunders Street in Raleigh.

— A woman died Tuesday night in Raleigh after she was hit by a truck as she crossed South Saunders Street.

Raleigh police said Denise Michelle Holliday, 53, was struck by a 1994 Mazda pickup truck as she crossed near the intersection with Carolina Pines Avenue. She died at the scene.

A witness said Holliday was knocked out of her shoes by the impact.

Raleigh police said Holliday was not within a marked crosswalk and was trying to cross against the traffic light. No charges were filed against the driver.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 24, 2014

    SOLAGAIN said, "When not at a crosswalk pedestrians should stop, look both ways, wait for traffic to clear, and cross at their own risk."

    This is often not true. While it's always wise to look first, pedestrians have the Right-Of-Way in any "implied" crosswalks when they go with the traffic signal and covers many situations. (This includes when a sidewalk ends on both sides of a road.) Unfortunately, drivers (like you) don't know this. So, you may want to back off on that "lazy" comment.

    And, I would counter by saying that many drivers are Impatient...and don't want to wait even a *few seconds* for a cyclist, a pedestrian, school bus, car in left lane...or anyone else who is *legally* using the roads. This is a huge problem that costs lives every day.

  • alabama Jul 23, 2014

    I drive this road every day to and from work, often in the dark in the winter months. I see many people crossing in mid-block up and down South Saunders, frquently wearing dark clothes thatmake them effectively invisible unless they happen to be outlined against the lights of oncoming cars. It scares the bejesus out of me and I frequently cross over to Lake Wheeler Road to avoid driving this stretch in the dark. Wish law enforcement would concentrate more on stopping jaywalkers and less on setting up speed traps under the railroad overpass just before entering downtown.

  • Ronald Nunn Jul 23, 2014
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    The reason people don't walk a block to cross at the crosswalk is simple. The reason is because they are LAZY!! When not at a crosswalk pedestrians should stop, look both ways, wait for traffic to clear, and cross at their own risk. It is terrible that someone lost their life by not following these simple instructions.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 23, 2014

    Crosswalks are not always necessary for pedestrians to have the right-of-way. (e.g. sidewalks that are on both sides of a street)

    That said, many drivers couldn't care less about you or your life...just look how they treat other vehicles where occupants have some protection.

  • jamiesnipes Jul 23, 2014

    I have written the City Many times requesting a sidewalk on Carolina pines and Cross walk at this intersection.

    On see-click-fix, the requests keep getting deleted. The bigger news story should be why this area never gets addressed.

    People have no choice but to walk on the road on Carolina Pines. I travel that road often and its not uncommon to see people with baby strollers and children in the road because there is no where else to walk.

    You'd think WRAL would like to get to the real issue here... Not the "poor woman gets knocked out of her shoes" angle.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jul 23, 2014

    Awww, prayers for her loved ones.

  • dsdaughtry Jul 23, 2014

    there is no crosswalk but a high number of pedestrian crossings at all times of the day.

    I travel this way frequently and notice many cross from the hotel to the convenient store and vice versa. I am unsure if a crosswalk would help in that area because of the high rate of speeders and the high rate of red light runners.

  • Pepe Silvia Jul 23, 2014

    Sadly, its often safer on a busy road to cross far away from the intersection IF there are frequent breaks in traffic ... You only have to worry about traffic coming from one direction at a time.

    Even when there is a crosswalk, turning vehicles often don't yield (even though they are required to)

  • Forthe Newssite Jul 23, 2014
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    agreed that no crosswalk = no charges BUT crosswalks do NOT protect people as people seem to think they do.
    I see so very many stepping into crosswalks looking at their phones and NEVER looking up to check traffic-they appear to 'assume' all will stop for them just because of those lines....

  • Buckeye_In_NC Jul 23, 2014

    I see this all the time around here, especially on Capital Blvd. Why do people not want to walk a block down the street to get to a crosswalk / traffic light to safely cross instead of putting their safety as well as all of the drivers that have to hit their brakes safety at risk? Im sorry somebody died, but maybe this will be a wakeup call that jaywalking is illegal for a reason.