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Fuquay-Varina High student struck by teacher's car dies

Posted December 9, 2010 9:32 a.m. EST
Updated December 9, 2010 7:54 p.m. EST

— A student hit by a car driven by a teacher in front of Fuquay-Varina High on Wednesday morning has passed away, WakeMed Hospital officials said Thursday. 

Jorge Chavarria, 18, died Thursday from injuries sustained during the accident. 

Chavarria was walking to the school around 7 a.m. Wednesday when teacher Robert Ken Lee, 51, of Raleigh, hit him with his car in the 100 block of North Broad Street.

Chavarria was a junior at the school. Lee is a career and technical education teacher and works with economically disadvantaged students.

Some students on campus told WRAL News that gas station across the street from the school is a common location for students to hang out before classes begin. It is unknown if Chavarria was walking from there when he was hit.

The accident is under investigation. No charges have been filed. 

On Thursday morning, Fuquay-Varina police conducted check points near the school in an effort to locate more witnesses to the accident. Police are examining evidence and continuing to conduct interviews.

Anyone who witnessed the accident should call police at 919-552-1422.