Wake County

Investigators searching for SUV involved in fatal I-40 hit-and-run crash in Garner

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, Paul Eric Rosequist of Garner, 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 Rosequist, 62, was driving a Pontiac Trans Am east on I-40 near the Jones Sausage Road exit about 11:15 a.m. when an unknown burgundy Chevrolet or GMC Envoy changed lanes and caused him to veer into the median.

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

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

Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Jeff Gordon said late Tuesday that the Trans Am went under the wire guard rail in the median and into oncoming traffic.

Rosequist and Langdon were transported to WakeMed Raleigh with serious injuries, and Rosequist later died, according to the Highway Patrol. Barefoot was also transported to the hospital and was thought to have injuries that were not life-threatening.

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

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