According to the accident report, at least four victims struck a man who died of the personal injuries he suffered in a hit-and-run wreck on Falls of Neuse Road in Raleigh on the morning of March 11.
Police department spokesman Jim Sughrue said that police identified the victim as 71-year-old Raleigh resident Lewis Avery Gray.
According to the report, gray was attempting to cross the road outside the crosswalk shortly before 7 a.m. when he was hit. The first vehicle, believed to be a blue Chevrolet Blazer or similar SUV, hit him near the Spring Forest Road intersection. The driver stopped before driving off. Gray was then hit by three more vehicles.
Officers initially searched for a white landscaping truck they believed had killed Gray. However, Sughrue said that they later discerned that it was not the first vehicle to strike him.
According to Apex-based Parker’s Landscape Services, inc., the driver was unaware of hitting anything, but alerted the company after noticing blood on his truck upon his arrival at his destination. The company then contacted the police.
Sughrue said that police were searching for a blue SUV that should have heavy front-end damage and the driver, who was described as a white or light-skinned man.
The accident occurred in an area where sidewalk reconstruction is taking place, but it is uncertain whether or not that was a factor.
The scene of the crash was not far from the scene where two boys died in a traffic accident as they were trying to cross the street nearly a year ago.
On April 2, 2008, 9-year-old Kaled and 7-year-old Basil Shahin died after being hit by a sport-utility vehicle on Spring Forest Road after running ahead of their mother and sister. They were on their way to a library. Kaled died that day and Basil died the following day.