A man was fatally struck by a car as he crossed the street in Raleigh on Monday afternoon. Raleigh police said the accident occurred along Avent Ferry Road near Gorman Street.
The victim has been identified as 19-year-old Patrick Luc Nixon, a freshman at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Police said they received a report about the accident just after 5:15 p.m.
Gaston Jarrod Rogers, the driver of the vehicle involved stayed at the scene and cooperated with police. His car sustained significant damage to the front windshield.
Police said another driver had stopped to allow Nixon to cross the street in the crosswalk before Rogers hit him.
A police crash report indicated that Rogers was driving at 45 miles per hour and the victim was thrown 93 feet down the street. Nixon was transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment, but he later died.
Meanwhile, police charged Rogers with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. In North Carolina, this is a class A1 misdemeanor. It is punishable by up to 150 days in jail and fines in an amount decided by the judge. The driver’s license is also revoked for at least a year.
Nixon’s father, Lester Nixon, said his son had just settled on a double major in Economics and Public Policy and he had a 4.0 GPA.
He also said he enjoyed running at Lake Johnson and went there the day before the accident after studying all day.
For the year so far in North Carolina, there have been 43, 421 crashes resulting in 16, 126 injuries, and 194 fatalities. This is according to the most recent data from N.C. Department of Transportation.
If you have lost a loved one in a traffic accident or you suffered injuries, a North Carolina car accident lawyer may be able to help you get compensation.