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Driver charged, second driver sought in fatal hit-and-run

Posted March 12, 2009 3:44 p.m. EDT
Updated March 12, 2009 4:08 p.m. EDT

— Police on Thursday charged one driver in a hit-and-run in north Raleigh that killed a pedestrian early Wednesday, and they continued to search for the driver whose car they believe hit the pedestrian first.

At least four vehicles hit Lewis Avery Gray, 71, of Raleigh, Wednesday morning as he tried to cross Falls of Neuse Road near its intersection with Spring Forest Road, police said. There was no crosswalk where Gray was hit, they said.

Carlos Humberto Agustindiaz, who was driving a truck for Apex-based Parker’s Landscape Services, was charged with misdemeanor hit-and-run, police said.

Police initially thought the landscaping truck was responsible for Gray's death, but they later determined a blue Chevrolet SUV hit Gray first. The SUV driver stopped briefly before driving off, police said, and investigators were still searching for him Thursday.

Two other vehicles also hit Gray, but the drivers remained at the scene and weren't charged, police said.

Police said they believe a bicyclist was riding south on Falls of Neuse Road and was near the intersection at the time Gray was initially hit. Investigators said they want to talk to the bicyclist to determine if he or she saw anything.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department’s Field Operations Division at 919-996-3350.