Garner Police have charged a 37-year-old Clayton man with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle after his car struck and killed a man walking on the shoulder of I-40 early this year.
On Jan. 27, at 4:26 p.m., Jason Aaron Jones was driving his 2015 Porshe eastbound on I-40, near exit 306 when he ran off the side of the road striking James Allen Lucas, 47.
Police believe Lucas was homeless, and was walking toward a camp he had set up off I-40.
According to the crash report, after Jones struck Lucas, his car hit a guard rail and concrete barrier. Lucas traveled an estimated 500 feet after he was hit.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
When reached by phone Tuesday afternoon, Jones declined to speak about the incident, but he said it was an accident. Jones said the past few months have been “mentally and emotionally exhausting.”
In North Carolina, misdemeanor death by motor vehicle is considered a class A1 misdemeanor, for which a first-time offender could receive up to 60 days imprisonment.