A pedestrian suffered fatal injuries in Fayetteville, North Carolina (NC), when a car struck him at the intersection of Ramsey Street and Meadowcroft Drive. The deadly crash happened at around 11:10 pm on November 19, 2017.
The deceased pedestrian has been identified in multiple news reports as 48-year-old Nathaniel Brown Jr. EMTs found him alive, but he died shortly after being transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.
Police told reporters that the driver remained on the scene, but no immediate cause for the collision could be determined. Anyone who witnessed the incident is being asked to share their information by calling the Fayetteville Police at (910) 433-1830 or the Crimestoppers hotline at (910) 483-TIPS.
One the most-important things crash investigators need to learn is whether the pedestrian or the driver had the right of way. The intersection of Ramsey Street and Meadowcroft Drive is controlled by stoplights in all directions, and crosswalks connect all the corners. If the pedestrian attempting to walk across Ramsey had a green light in his favor, the driver would be at fault and legally responsible for settling wrongful death claims through her insurance policy.
According to section 20-155(c) of the North Carolina General Statutes,
The driver of any vehicle upon a highway within a business or residence district shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing such highway within any clearly marked crosswalk, or any regular pedestrian crossing included in the prolongation of the lateral boundary lines of the adjacent sidewalk at the end of a block, except at intersections where the movement of traffic is being regulated by traffic officers or traffic direction devices..
A related statute requires drivers who make right-hand turns at red lights to wait until a crosswalk clears before moving through an intersection. Violating a pedestrian’s right of way often inflicts serious injuries and preventable deaths. During 2015, the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles recorded 2,380 crashes involving pedestrians across the state. Those collisions resulted in 2,139 injuries and 195 deaths. Out of those totals, five deaths occurred in Fayetteville and another 143 pedestrians suffered injuries when they were hit by a car, truck, bus or other vehicle.
My Carolina wrongful death attorney colleagues and I send our deepest condolences out to the family and friends of the man who lost his life in this Fayetteville pedestrian crash. We also want to remind all drivers to watch for and yield to people in crosswalks and at all intersections.