GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – Greenville Police continue to investigate a fatal crash, involving a pedestrian.
Greenville Fire Rescue said it happened just before 8 Wednesday night. A preliminary investigation revealed the man was lying in the middle of the road when he was struck by at least two vehicles that were traveling east near the intersection of N.C. 33 West between Easy Street and Fleming School Road in Greenville.
36-year-old Dominic Lucray Roberson, of Tarboro, died at Vidant Medical Center.
With the uptick in recent pedestrian-involved accidents, Greenville Police is warning both drivers and pedestrians to stay alert.
“All drivers should always be aware of their surroundings and what’s going on around them,” said Lt. Carlton Williams, Greenville Police shift supervisor. “But also, the pedestrians should also make sure they’re wearing clothing that’s highly visible and try to walk in lit areas. But you can’t always do that because of lighting parts of the road. But anytime you’re wearing dark clothing and in a dark area, it’s hard to see. So everyone needs to play a part in their safety.”
Police said alcohol impairment was ruled out as a factor in the crash for the two drivers, who remained on scene. No charges will be filed against them. However, they added that, as officers began to reconstruct the crash scene, it was apparent that there was likely a third driver involved.
Preliminary findings showed Roberson was hit by another vehicle, prior to the collisions with the two vehicles around 7:45 p.m. That makes the case a hit and run investigation.
Early Thursday, officers received information about a possible suspect in the case. They’ve since identified a third individual, who they now believe was driving the car that initially struck Roberson. Witnesses said Roberson was in the middle of the road, wearing dark clothing, at the time of the accident.
The case remains under investigation. Charges will be determined after a review by the District Attorney’s Office.