No charges filed in death of man hit by car on I-440 in Raleigh

From staff reportsAugust 7, 2013 

— No charges are expected in the death of a pedestrian killed by a car Sunday night on a ramp from Interstate 440 to U.S. 64 in Raleigh, police said.

Robert Edwin Wiita Jr., 31, of Minnesota died after he was hit by a car while he was walking in one of the two lanes of the ramp from Interstate 440 onto U.S. 64 eastbound, investigators said.

Their crash report says the impact of a 2009 Hyundai driven by Brian James Slattery, 41, of Shallotte, threw Wiita 239 feet.

Police estimated Slattery’s car was going 57 mph at the time.

The accident happened just before 9 p.m. Sunday.

Police said they did not know if Wiita’s being on the highway was related to alcohol or drugs, and they ordered tests to find out.

It’s unclear why Wiita was in Raleigh.

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