Man struck and killed by Raleigh CAT bus was intoxicated

From staff reportsJanuary 8, 2013 

— A man who was struck and killed in late October by a city bus as it was pulling away from a curb in Southeast Raleigh had a blood alcohol content nearly four times the legal limit to drive.

Wade McCray, 65, had a blood alcohol content of .31, according to a toxicology report from the state medical examiner’s office in Chapel Hill. The legal limit to drive is .08.

The incident occurred just before 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 in the 1200 block of New Bern Avenue, near Lincoln Court. Police said McCray attempted to board the bus, but driver Jonathan Cedric Watson refused to let McCray on because he appeared to be impaired.

McCray, whose address was listed as a downtown day center for the homeless, fell against the side of the bus and then to the ground, where he was run over by the rear wheels of the bus, police reported. McCray died at the scene.

Alcohol was initially suggested as a factor in the accident, but several people, including two employees at nearby convenience stores, said McCray had stopped drinking because of a medical condition.

No charges were filed in the incident.

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