Witnesses sought in fatal accident at gas station

From staff reportsJune 14, 2012 

Deborah J. Dunkley is charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and unsafe movement.


— A 911 caller told dispatchers Wednesday that a lady just ran over a man working in a manhole at the BP gas station on New Bern Avenue and that the victim was bleeding badly.

The unidentified caller said the lady left the scene in a champagne-colored Tahoe. Police are still seeking witnesses in the case.

When emergency dispatchers arrived, they were able to identify the victim as Randy L. Wilson, 50. He was working on a fuel tank underground at the BP gas station and convenience store at 4000 New Bern Ave. when he was struck and killed by a sport utility vehicle.

The driver, Deborah J. Dunkley, 52, had just refueled and was leaving the gas station when the undercarriage of her SUV entered the manhole and struck Wilson, according to a Raleigh police accident report. The manhole lid was next to the opening and the opening was marked by two orange cones, according to the report.

Dunkley, who lives in Wake Forest, left the scene and was later located by police. She has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and unsafe movement.

The accident took place about 12:23 p.m. Police ask witnesses who haven’t spoken with police to call Officer Jamie Rigsbee, the lead investigator, at 919-996-1188 or the RPD Tip Line at 919-834-4357.

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