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Garner man dies after I-40 hit-and-run crash; Investigators still searching for SUV

A crash late Tuesday morning closed the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 at Jones Sausage Road in Wake County, officials said.
A crash late Tuesday morning closed the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 at Jones Sausage Road in Wake County, officials said. jalexander@newsobserver.com

Authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating the driver of a SUV who officials say caused a fatal three-car wreck on Interstate 40 late Tuesday morning and drove off.

The accident sent three people to the hospital, and one later died, according to the State Highway Patrol.

The wreck shut down all westbound lanes of I-40 for two hours near Jones Sausage Road.

The Highway Patrol says that at about 11:15 a.m., a white Pontiac Trans Am driven by Paul Eric Rosequist, 62, of Garner was traveling east on I-40 near the Jones Sausage Road when an unknown burgundy Chevrolet or GMC Envoy changed lanes causing Rosequist to veer into the median.

The Trans Am then struck the wire guard rail and crossed into the westbound lanes of I-40 before colliding into a brown Chevrolet Impala driven by Elizabeth Langdon, 66, of Clayton.

After impact, the Impala then swerved to the right, striking a white Kia Sorrento driven by Judith Barefoot, 70, of Clayton. Both the Impala and Sorrento traveled onto the right shoulder of westbound I-40 where they came to a stop.

Rosequist and Langdon were transported to WakeMed Raleigh with serious injuries, and Rosequist later died, according to the Highway Patrol. Barefoot was also transported and is believed to have non-life threatening injuries.

The SUV that authorities are looking for was last seen traveling east on I-40. The State Highway Patrol asks anyone who knows anything abou the SUV or its driver to call 919-733-3861 or 919-733-4400.

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