Man dies following Raleigh hit-and-run; driver later captured, charged, police say

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A pedestrian was killed after getting hit by a vehicle on Friday morning in Raleigh, according to police.

Authorities responded to a pedestrian-involved crash around 12:45 a.m. near Departure Drive and E. Millbrook Road. When police arrived on the scene they found a man who had been hit by a vehicle and had serious injuries.

The man was transported to WakeMed where he died.

The incident was initially considered a hit-and-run, but police were able to capture the driver a few blocks away, officials said.

Javier Joel Negron-Villegas (Raleigh-Wake CCBI)

Javier Negron-Villegas, 45, of Raleigh, is charged with felony hit-and-run causing death, possession of drug paraphernalia, and no operator’s license.

The victim has been identified as Charles Lamont Downey, of Creedmoor.

According to police, Negron-Villegas was heading east on E. Millbrook Road and Downey was crossing the road from north to south when he was hit by the vehicle Negron-Villegas was driving.

A Raleigh Police Department crash report shows that Negron-Villegas was driving the speed limit – 45 mph – before the collision. The report indicates that the suspect did brake because the vehicle was traveling at an estimated 25 mph at impact.

Negron-Villegas fled the scene and was arrested a short time later, police said.

He is being held in the Wake County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond.

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