A 32-year-old Durham man was struck by a car and killed as he tried to cross U.S. 70 near Interstate 540 in Raleigh on Friday night.
Police note several factors that would have caused the driver not to see Robert Joseph Cinnante Jr. as he crossed the road between I-540 and Briar Creek Parkway just before 9 p.m. Cinnante was wearing dark clothing and was crossing in a dark part of the road, not in a crosswalk, at a time when it was “raining heavily,” police wrote in an accident report released Saturday morning.
Police did not cite the driver of the car, Derek James Tyner of Raleigh, but they say their investigation is not complete.
Police suspect that Cinnante, who lived on Junction Road in northeast Durham, may have been under the influence of alcohol when he tried to cross the three eastbound lanes of U.S. 70, according to the police report. He had gotten across two lanes before he was hit by Tyner in the far-left lane. Tyner was going 45 mph, under the 55 mph speed limit, and did not brake before the collision, according to the report.