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Third Pedestrian Killed in String of Incidents

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Police are investigating the latest in a series of deaths in which cars killed pedestrians.

The latest fatality happened just before 5 a.m. Tuesday at Camden and Cumberland roads. A woman was struck by a Chevrolet van as she was walking alongside the street.

The victim’s name was has not been released, and no charges have been filed.

Her death came less than 12 hours after Natasha Kinard, 29, and her daughter Evelyn Copeland, 6, were hit by a car while they were crossing busy Reilly Road about 6:30 Monday night. Copeland was killed, and Kinard was reported to be in critical conditionb at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

Police said the two had walked into the center lane just north of Cliffdale when they were hit.

No charges were filed against the driver, George Chapin, 53, of Fayetteville

Feb. 1, David Lynd, 18, was struck in the parking lot of the Westwood Shopping Center and died in the hospital. Police called that a hit-and-run case.

No one has admitted seeing what happened to Lynd, police said, but a witness saw a dark-colored SUV leaving the scene, and investigators believe the driver of the SUV is responsible for killing him.

In the wake of the string of deaths, police are urging pedestrians to dress to be seen, such as wearing bright or reflective clothing, and to always cross at crosswalks.