Part of Raleigh road where man was hit, killed in need of sidewalks, neighbors say

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A mother is pleading for answers as to who hit her son and kept driving this week on Poole Road in Raleigh and those who live nearby are asking for changes to make the area safer.

Terrance Faison, 23, was hit and killed while walking home along Poole Road late Thursday night.

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Saturday, Faison’s mother, Reka Faison, asked for the person who hit her son to turn themselves in.

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“Turn yourself in because you don’t have to live with that guilt on your heart. That’s my baby. That’s my baby. He was 23 but he was baby. He was a great kid,” she said.

One person who lives near where Faison was hit told WNCN that something like this was inevitable.

“We knew it was just going to be a matter of time before someone was killed in this area,” a woman named Patti said.

“Every day, all day, there’s always someone walking back and forth,” another neighbor, Emma, said.

There are no sidewalks on the two-lane road and the speed limit is 45 MPH.

Neighbors said sidewalks are desperately needed.

A few blocks away Poole Road is wider and has a sidewalk that ends near the city/county line.

“But when you get on this stretch, it’s a free for all, seriously. It’s very scary,” Patti said.

Rocco Sammartino recently had a car crash in his yard. He said cars have also recently run off the road into nearby mailboxes and signs.

“If there were sidewalks, it would be away from the road and be that much more protected,” said Sammartino.

Extending the sidewalk could take cooperation from Wake County and the City of Raleigh.

“It needs to be done and it needs to go hand-in-hand, I believe, with the city and the county, working together,” said Patti.

The City of Raleigh plans to improve Poole Road from Maybrook Road to Barwell Road. The project will get $881,000 in 2017 for engineers costs to widen the road to four lanes with a median, bike lanes and streetlights.

More than $11 million of the project is unfunded and that includes construction costs and acquiring the right of way.

Troopers are still looking for the vehicle involved in the crash that killed Faison.

Investigators said the vehicle is a 2004 or 2005, gold, two-tone Eddie Bauer Edition Ford Expedition and that it will have damage to the front right side.

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