RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Authorities are investigating after a 23-year-old former North Carolina Central University student was found dead on Poole Road in Raleigh Friday morning.
Lt. Jeff Gordon with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol told WNCN that the Wake County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a body in a ditch around 7:45 a.m. Friday. Gordon said it appears the man, identified as Terrance Rayshone Faison, 23, of Raleigh, was hit and killed by a vehicle at some point overnight between 11:45 p.m. Thursday and 12 a.m. Friday.
Reka Faison said her son was just walking home late Thursday night on Poole Road when he was struck and killed.
“Turn yourself in because you don’t have to live with that guilt on your heart. That’s my baby,” she said on Saturday afternoon.
“He was 23 years old but he was still my baby. He was a great kid. He was nice to everybody,” she added.
Troopers say Faison was walking along the right shoulder of Poole Road when he was hit by a 2004 or 2005 gold, two-tone Eddie Bauer Edition Ford Expedition and that the SUV should have front right side damage.
What makes this accident all the more heartbreaking for Reka is that she was on her way to pick him up. Terrance had just gotten off the bus headed home from work and Reka was running late. Authorities say a neighbor found Terrance’s body in a ditch some eight hours after he was hit.
“I came back home and I kept calling him and I didn’t get an answer. It continued to ring. And I didn’t get an answer,” Faison said.
Reka says she was detoured around the accident herself and then went back to the scene where she learned what had happened — that her son had been killed.
Terrance was a graduate of Garner High School, he went on to NCCU.
Family members say Terrance loved music and he wanted to be a singer.
Reka’s message to the driver was to “Just come forward, please come forward and tell who you are. Just let them know what happened. Because I don’t know what happened. God knows and Terrance knows and you knows but he’s not here with us.”
The public is being urged to call either the Highway Patrol’s Communication Center at 919-733-3861 or the Raleigh Highway Patrol office at 919-733-4400 should they have any information.