Woman charged in Raleigh fatal pedestrian accident

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A 37-year-old Raleigh woman has been charged after police said she plowed into a man in a wheelchair March 27 on Raleigh Boulevard, killing him.

Kimberly Renee Jones turned herself in Tuesday afternoon after an investigation into the fatal accident.

Just before 11:20 a.m. on March 27, Raleigh Police Department officers were dispatched to a collision between a motor vehicle and a pedestrian in a wheelchair, officials said.

The pedestrian, Harold Smith, 75, was transported to WakeMed, where he later died, Raleigh police said.

The collision occurred near the intersection of Raleigh and Martin Luther King boulevards.

Accident report released by Raleigh Police indicated that Smith was not crossing the street at a crosswalk.

Jones’ vehicle plowed into Smith while traveling at 50 miles per hour, the report said. The posted speed limit in the area of the accident is 45 miles per hour.

Jones has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and with failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision with a pedestrian.

Search warrants show a woman motorist who hit and killed a man in a wheelchair in Raleigh late last month was texting while driving.


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