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Police: Pickup sped through yellow light before fatal Raleigh crash

The driver of a pickup truck was trying to get through a yellow traffic light at a high-rate of speed on Six Forks Road last month when he collided with a utility truck and was killed, according to a police report released late Wednesday.

Toryally Paktiawal, 43, of Dixon Road in Raleigh was going about 59 mph southbound on Six Forks when he approached the intersection of Anderson Drive just before 3 p.m. on Jan. 29, according to the report. The speed limit on Six Forks is 40 mph.

Witnesses told police that the traffic light was turning yellow and other southbound vehicles were slowing down to stop, the report said. But Paktiawal drove past the other vehicles and entered the intersection, where he collided with a United Electric Company truck driven by Phillip Travis Smith, 26, of Angier.

Smith was turning left onto Anderson Drive and told police he did not see Paktiawal’s truck before the collision, according to the report. Police concluded that Paktiawal failed to yield the right of way and did not cite Smith.

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