The driver who struck and killed a 75-year-old man in a wheelchair on South Raleigh Boulevard late on Easter morning did not brake before hitting the man, according to search warrant applications made public this week.
Police used one of the warrants to review the cellphone of Kimberly Renee Jones of Raleigh to determine if she had been texting just before her Lexus hit Harold Smith about 11:15 a.m. on March 27. Another warrant was used to obtain the event data recorder from Jones’ car to confirm “vehicle speed, brake application, steering and various other vehicle dynamics at near the time of the collision.”
A third warrant was used to obtain Smith’s medical records at WakeMed, where he was taken after the accident, to try to determine whether he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Police have not cited Jones, 37, but they are continuing to investigate the crash.
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Investigators say Jones was going an estimated 50 miles per hour northbound on South Raleigh Boulevard near Martin Luther King Boulevard when she hit Smith, who was rolling northwest on the roadway in a motorized wheelchair, according to a police report.
“Ms. Jones never braked prior to the crash and had a clear line of sight to avoid the collision,” B.R. Merold, a Raleigh police senior officer, stated in the search warrant applications made public Tuesday.