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DWI Charge Filed After Pedestrian Killed on I-40

Posted March 5, 2007 10:53 p.m. EST
Updated March 6, 2007 11:53 a.m. EST

— Raleigh police say a pedestrian was struck by two separate vehicles Monday night on Interstate 40.

Police said at around 10 p.m., a pedestrian tried to run across I-40 near the Hammond Road interchange and was struck by an eastbound van as he crossed the fourth lane of traffic and was killed instantly.

The van driver, Jose Alexander Amaya-Nolasco, also known as Alexander Amaya, of 3813 Watkins Ridge Court in Raleigh, has been charged with driving while intoxicated, police said.

According to witness accounts, another vehicle struck the pedestrian, but that vehicle did not stop.

The name of the pedestrian hasn't been released, pending notification of next-of-kin.

The accident prompted police to close the eastbound lanes between Hammond Road and South Saunders Street for more than two hours, backing up traffic.

Traffic was diverted onto Person Street while investigators worked to determine what had happened. Police had reopened the road by 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The accident occurred in the same area of I-40 where a Raleigh police officer was struck Feb. 27 while chasing a suspect on foot across the interstate.

Officer Steven John Salina, 24, spotted William Davis Henry while Salina was on patrol on the Beltline , Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said. He said Salina knew Henry was wanted for failure to appear in court on a begging charge.

Salina parked at the bottom of the ramp to Hammond Road and got out to arrest Henry when Henry ran up the ramp and across the Beltline, Sughrue said.

Salina is recovering from the injuries he sustained.