RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — All of eastbound Interstate 40 was closed for more than two hours Friday night after a deadly crash involving a pedestrian near Wade Avenue in Raleigh, police said.
The wreck was reported around 8:55 p.m. in the eastbound I-40 lanes east of Harrison Avenue near Wade Avenue.
Police said David Crooms, 41, was driving a 2019 Dodge Charger traveling eastbound on Interstate 40. The front seat passenger was an adult man and Jacoby Oliver, 22, was in the back right passenger seat.
The investigation revealed that Oliver exited the vehicle while it was traveling on I-40. Police said a 2008 Toyota RAV4 was traveling eastbound on I-40. Oliver was lying in the roadway and was hit by the RAV4.
Police said the RAV4 collided with the guardrail and another vehicle that was stopped on the shoulder. Police said Oliver died at the scene from his injuries.
Crooms was arrested and charged with a DWI.
Initially, the left two lanes on both sides were closed between Harrison Avenue and Trenton Road, the North Carolina Department of Transportation said.
Around 9:40 p.m., police closed all eastbound lanes. The left two lanes heading west remained closed.
Eastbound traffic was backed up more than a mile to Reedy Creek Road, according to NCDOT cameras in the area.
A detour was set up by police for eastbound traffic.
All eastbound lanes except for two left lanes reopened just before midnight. The left two lanes heading west reopened at 11:50 p.m.
The left eastbound lanes in the area reopened at 12:28 a.m. Saturday, the NCDOT said.
The case remains under investigation.
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