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Second Vehicle Possibly Involved In Fatal Pedestrian Accident

Posted June 27, 2006 9:16 a.m. EDT

— Investigators think a second vehicle might have also struck a Raleigh man who had been hit by a police vehicle early Tuesday morning.

Raleigh police said a sport utility vehicle carrying a canine unit was traveling south on Capital Boulevard at about 1:30 a.m. when it collided into Joseph Wesley, 49, of Snow Avenue.

Wesley was thrown about 63 feet in the air and then slid another 70 feet, according to the police report. Authorities think that he was then hit by a second vehicle and dragged for about 38 feet.

Wesley was pronounced dead at the scene. Officer Rodney Warner, who was driving the SUV, was not injured in the accident.

Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said the driver of the second vehicle might not have realized that he or she had been involved in an accident.

Two southbound lanes of Capital Boulevard between Greywood Drive and Old Buffaloe Road were closed for nearly three hours while authorities conducted their investigation.

The investigation is ongoing, Sughrue said, and anyone who might have witnessed the accident is asked to contact the Raleigh Police Department at