Car hits, kills pedestrian, strikes home in Statesville, police say
Investigators say the car jumped a curb, came down and struck the pedestrian walking down the street.
STATESVILLE, N.C. (WBTV) – A driver struck and killed a pedestrian before crashing their vehicle into an abandoned Statesville home early Friday morning, authorities said.
According to Statesville Police, the collision happened around 2:30 a.m. near the intersection of West Raleigh Avenue and Fifth Street.
Investigators say a Nissan Altima jumped a curb, came down and struck the pedestrian walking down the street. The vehicle then struck the home.
Law enforcement says the pedestrian, Carl Russell Daye, was found under the porch of the residence. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses said two cars were speeding down the road prior to the collision. Some say the drivers were drag-racing, while others think one car was chasing the other.
The lead car hopped the curb, and that’s when the collision happened, according to accounts.
People who knew Daye described him as a friendly man who loved kids.
“He was a nice guy, he always helped people, he did yard work. He loved kids. I mean, he was just a friendly neighbor,” resident Linda Kermmonde said.
Statesville Police haven’t said if they are planning on charging anyone in this case at this time.
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