Poet and former NC State professor dies after being hit by car in Raleigh

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A man seriously injured after he was hit by a car near a Raleigh sports complex on Saturday has died, police say.

The incident was reported just after 5 p.m. at 1201 Sunnybrook Road, which is at the Walnut Creek Softball Complex, according to Raleigh police.

The victim has been identified as 86-year-old Gerald Barrax.

Barrax was a poet and was an English professor of creative writing in the past at North Carolina State University. He had also taught at North Carolina Central University.

Barrax suffered “very serious injuries” when he was hit by a car and did not survive, police said.

Barrax received several awards including the North Carolina Award and was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.

Several police and rescue vehicles, as well as a crash reconstruction unit were at the scene along Sunnybrook Road, which was closed between Woodmeadow Parkway and Middle Branch Road.

Raleigh police said that a crash reconstruction unit was called to the scene to investigate the incident.

The driver has been charged with Failure to Yield the Right of Way to a Pedestrian and Misdemeanor Death by Motor Vehicle. 

The incident remains under investigation.

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