Police identify pedestrian hit and killed

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Submitted: Fri, 06/03/2011 - 4:56pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police have identified the man who was struck and killed on Carolina Beach Road late last night. It happened around 11:15 p.m. in the 2500 block.

Police say Joseph Larry Brite, 57, walked into the path of an oncoming car. The driver told officers he tried to stop, but didn’t have time to brake before hitting the man.

Even though the investigation is still underway, police say so far nothing has indicated the driver is at fault.

Police say Brite did not have a local address.


  • GuestLee says:

    I’m so sorry you had to go through this. It could certainly happen to any of us, no matter how careful we try to be. I’ve stopped driving at night from the fear of hitting someone who might dash in front of my car, or trip and fall into the road. I don’t see at night as good as I used to. Please try to learn to forgive yourself and press on.

  • Guest-of-the-day says:

    That is indeed sad. I do think about it, to the point that I am thinking about it now by making these posts – my warning motorists to BE MORE CAREFUL… and for this you attack me as “judging other”? What am I judging other of being, NOT BEING CAREFUL when they’re driving around? Is that not obvious from the statistics for this area, which are abysmal for a place this size?

    The cops absolve you of guilt because there aren’t any sidewalks or crosswalks in this town. Cops say, “Pedestrians shouldn’t be in the road.” because the city has done nothing to protect their safety. It’s a liability issue, not a “lack of moral culpability” issue. People speed way above the posted speed limit all the time with no repercussions from the law, then they cry “unfair!” “judge not lest ye be judged!” when something happens… Sure it was an accident, but it was THEY WAY YOU DRIVE that caused the accident.

  • thinkb4uspeak says:

    There you go once again, making your little assumption without knowing facts! I suggest you go find yourself a JOB seeing as how you have nothing else better to do with your time. The fact that people are drunks, drug addicts, mentally impaired, or choose to be pedestrians who walk or “stumble” or “stagger” in open lanes of traffic at all hours of the night in dark clothing has nothing to do with anyone’s driving ability! Obviously you haven’t spent much time behind the wheel of any vehicle in this city or you would know that! No matter how careful any of us are, ACCIDENTS DO HAPPEN! NOONE on this earth is exempt from the chance of being involved in a traffic accident of any magnitude in their lifetime. It is obvious to me that your ignorance and arrogance is not even worth the time of arguing. I can only hope that the same ignorance will keep you out of harms way and accept responsibility for your “walking ability” just as I accept responsibility for my “driving ability”. Have a nice life.

  • GuestLee says:

    Sometimes the pedestrian causes the accident. It’s not always the driver’s fault. No one wants to intentionally hurt anyone.

    It sounds like you have had your fair share of almost being hit already. To stay alive, please stay well off the edge of the road at night. People can see you in the daytime, but not so good at night.

  • Guest7969 says:

    a HUGE portion on cyclists around here think they own the road..they also feel that ANY incident with a vehicle is automatically the vehicles fault..NO MATTER WHAT. They run lights, weave in and out of traffic, etc…this coming from an individual who rides! I ride with the full knowledge that if I get hit….doesn’t matter if I am right or wrong! That means that I have to be EXTRA careful to watch out for motorist, as well as, be respectful of the rules of the road myself….something I wish some of my buddy’s would do!

  • brendle99 says:

    It’s hard to steal when you are wearing day glo colors.

  • Guest-of-the-day says:

    This is not a bike/walk friendly town and accidents will continue to happen like the one last night… so “get the heck out of the way”
    Guest2648: Maybe if you actually got OUT of your “massive vehicle” and WALKED around now and then, you might have a little more sympathy for those that have no choice, or choose to be a little braver than most, in order to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. Join a cycling web site to read how cyclists are treated by motorists in this town.
    The roads are dangerous because of they way you drive – ACCIDENTS don’t JUST HAPPEN. Those “MASSIVE VEHICLES” aren’t inanimate objects hurtling down the road, they’re driven by HUMAN BEINGS that are capable of being more careful than they typically are – especially around here. It’s ALL IN THE CHOICES YOU MAKE!

  • Guest461 says:

    It is impossible to be “bike or walker friendly” when the bikers and walkers do stupid stuff like walking in the middle of the road, at night, at 2 am, in dark attire, with no lights or day-glo colors. What do you expect?

    Nobody wants to hit and kill anyone intentionally. Prudent judgement would be that if you really have to be walking or riding a bicycle in the middle of the night on heavy traffic areas, you are at a severe dis-advantage, so take precautions. Pretend you are invisible, proceed in a safe manner and just don’t do STUPID stuff!

    Car versus pedestrian or bicycle. Car ALWAYS wins!

  • Guest-of-the-day says:

    PERSON DRIVING Car versus pedestrian or bicycle. PERSON DRIVING Car ALWAYS wins!

    Your car didn’t cause the accident – YOU DID!

  • Guest789 says:

    I find it funny how you blame motorists for not getting out of the way, I make as much effort as I can to give pedstrains as much room as they need, but around here they think they own the place. Ive had people walk right out in front of me at last minute to where ive had to lock my brakes up to avoid hitting them! People forget about the rules of the rodes all the time, bicyclist and pedstrians have to obey the same rulles of the rodes that us drivers do, so instead of putting all the blame on drivers why dont we just call it even!! None of us were there so we wont know what really happened but why blame the driver just because he was in a vehicle?

  • guesty says:

    From Guest789: “Rulles of the rodes.” That is too funny.

  • Guest1569 says:

    I was at a stop light and 2 men on bikes (wearing helmets thank goodness) came up behind me. Instead of waiting in the line of traffic, they spilt and go around me to get in the front of the line. By doing so, they placed themselves beyond the white line, putting themselves in the path of turning & oncoming traffic. Maybe you should consider how cyclists treat motorists. Or better yet, how they are traeting themselves by acting that way.

  • Guest-of-the-day says:

    given the extremely unsympathetic comments towards those who choose NOT to surround themselves by thousands of lbs. of metal when the go out, I will say that Guest789 is correct, MOST motorists ARE very considerate. But it only takes that 10% who AREN’T to create the carnage that is a almost a weekly occurrence in this town. Statistics don’t lie. Those pedestrians didn’t all have a “death wish”, some of you just WISH they did…

  • GuestLee says:

    Sorry, but he sounds a lot smarter than you.

  • Guest-of-the-day says:

    I know from personal experience that many motorists would just as soon hit me as allow me to share even 1″ of the road with them… those are the facts I live with every day if I want to continue living.

  • Guest461 says:

    While this state isn’t very generous with paved shoulders on the side of the road, I can’t recall any shoulder condition that would force me to walk in and “share” a traffic lane with automobiles. I don’t want to do that. Now if you want to “taunt” drivers and prove to them that you have a “right” to be in that traffic zone, then that’s YOU’RE stupid game and I’m sure you can find a taker or two to play! Just expect to lose very quickly if that’s your mentality.

    You would do well to take a basic physics class to understand the basic concepts of Force, Mass and Acceleration.

  • Guest-of-the-day says:

    to say somethings as ignorant as that.

  • Guest 131 says:

    >>>I like the way you motorists absolve yourselves of all liability with no knowledge of the facts beyond a newspaper article<<< Kinda like you blaming the driver, without having a clue as to the facts !

  • Guest7969 says:

    your probably the NEXT one we will be reading about getting splatted on the road….just a heads up…whether you are in the right or wrong….if you are walking or on a bike and get into an incident with a vehicle…YOU LOOSE! You can have all the attitude you want about it..facts is facts.

  • Guest-of-the-day says:

    or do you think that the pedestrian took all responsibility for the accident with his dying breath? I like the way you motorists absolve yourselves of all liability with no knowledge of the facts beyond a newspaper article…

  • Guest461 says:

    …as nothing in my post is “…absolving myself of all liability…”. It is about those that are at a severe disadvantage in the categories of mass, velocity and the inability to make rational decisions for their personal safety on public roadways…in the middle of the night…in the dark…with dark attire and even possibly intoxicated or with mental impairment.

    I’ll put his very simply for you. IF you have the mental capacity, get out and stay out of harms way. You aren’t going to win against an automobile, no matter how “right” you are.

    Are we clicking yet?

  • Guest-of-the-day says:

    and no, I don’t think I’ll ever click with the likes of you. You’re probably the guy who yelled expletives at me the other day as you drove by… I’d committed the sin of walking by the side of the road.

  • GuestLee says:

    This accident happened at 11:15 at night, which makes a huge difference in what you can see in the dark, and how quickly you can respond. I would agree with your original post if it happened in the daytime, but this was the dark of night. I, myself, have trouble seeing at night, so I rarely drive after dark anymore. Also, I don’t know if the pedestrian was wearing dark clothes or not, but that also plays a huge part in things.

  • Michael says:

    I want the people to know that Larry was one in a million. Best Uncle, Brother, and Son. I read the comments, some are heart felt and some are BS. Just remember that this man had a family who loved him and will miss him until the day we meet again. I will miss you uncle larry, I have so many wonderful memories and you always took the time to give us love. I love you and I’ll keep your memory alive.
    Love always,
    Michael Budihas

  • Michael Budihas says:

    I just wanted to say thank you for your kind felt words.

  • Guestw/Respect says:

    RIP Mr.Brite. . .
    I personally grew up in the same neighborhood that Mr.Brite used to live in, and have nothing but good memories of him. I pray that he rests in peace, and that his family finds comfort in their time of loss. He was always kind, caring man who was always willing lend a helping hand to those who were in need. Heaven has indeed gained a new Angel to look over us all. My heart goes out to all involved.

    p.s. And let’s not make more of the situation than needed. Show a little respect!

  • Guest123 says:

    Hey MORON it happened at night!!!!!!!

  • Guest-of-the-day says:

    I don’t know how other people drive around here, but I can usually stop in time when I see an object on the road. How do I know it’s not going to be a large rock that’s going to damage my car? Yet, this guy couldn’t stop after seeming a living being that was presumably not just sitting there waiting to be hit? That sounds unbelievably negligent to me, yet they consider that “not at fault” in Wilmington… sometimes I gotta ask myself: am I living in Mexico or the USA?

  • Guest234 says:

    Perhaps knowledge of all the facts would aid in your assessment of this unknown, innocent til proven guilty driver. You apparently also “know” the intent of the pedestrian……..don’t be surprised when you learn that the pedestrian did in fact intentionally walk out in front of a car that didn’t have time to stop. Maybe you should get a job or something?

  • thinkb4uspeak says:

    I myself have hit someone who was in the middle of the road at 2am and I was unable to stop in time to avoid hitting the pedestrian. It is not fair to judge those in these situations unless you have been there. I am not by any means defending the driver of the vehicle because I do not know the circumstances of the accident, just simply saying that before you criticize those involved, take into consideration every aspect as to what could have happened that may have caused such a sad incident. Having been through it, I know the pain of moving past and dealing with emotional stress after such an accident, “judge not, lest ye be judged”. It is a very sad and unfortunate scenario for all involved, and my thoughts are both with the family of the victim as well as the driver of the car. Thoughts and Prayers going out to ALL involved.

  • Guest2468 says:

    I cna totally see how someone could hit a person walking on the road. I almost did last nite too, in a different part of town. The problem is people walking on the wrong side of the road, too close to the actual road & wearing black at night. I mean within seconds I saw the person, but it could have been too late! This is not a bike/walk friendly town and accidents will continue to happen like the onle last night. I don’t know why there seems to be no education in regards to the “proper” way to share the road with massive vehicles that will kill you! I have taught my kids to walk against & bike with traffic and to assume they will hit you so get the heck out of the way.

    I’m sorry the guy died. I would hate to be any part of that kind of accident.

  • Guest461 says:

    …because as I read the report, it states that the pedestrian “walked into the path…” of the vehicle and was struck. It said nothing about someone just sitting in the middle of the road. Someone can easily step off the sidewalk into the path of a moving vehicle and get struck. I just don’t get your point.

    Oh and by the way, depending on what part of town you’re in, you could easily believe you’re in Mexico. Check out the chicken counter at your local Walmart on a Sunday morning.

  • Lynwood Nixon says:

    To you Larry I say goodbye old friend. We played with toy cars, trucks, and army men as we built our own roads. We drove our Mom’s nuts at times, but they still Loved us. We grew-up and went our different ways but stayed friends all these years. You were a true friend, often troubled and alone but still a great friend.

    Sunny you and Madge take care and remember all of those that have passed before us. I bet your Dad, Mom, and Jo are with Larry now. He is where Love Lives, with God.

  • Michael Budihas says:

    Larry Brite was my uncle and it is so sad he left us so early. He was definitely a wonderful man who loved life, people, nature, and most of all family. We will miss him very much and now he is with his family who has preceeded him in death. God Bless you Uncle Larry and I love you and I will always keep your memory alive in my heart. Until we meet again!!!!!!!!
    Love Michael Budihas

  • brendle99 says:

    What some people won’t do to get an air conditioned place to sleep at. Free meals, good pain killers, a free cab ride home when NHRMC finally discharges them, then maybe a check from the drivers insurance company. Not a bad plan for a person without a life (so to speak) and with poor traffic skills and no job. How dare him to fall down on my road and slow the progress of my travels. A pedestrian crossing Carolina Beach Road is almost as much of a discomfort to me as one of them liquor cycles that clog traffic. Oh and while I’m on the subject let me mention those un-licensed, un-lighted bicycles. Just how much do I have to endure to enjoy my privilege to drive in Wilmington.

  • Guestw/respect says:

    you are very welcome, thoughts and prayers continue for you all.

  • Tiffany says:

    Walkers and bikers have every right to share the road with vehicles. I do every day on my bike. However, I have to take responsibility for myself and have some kind of self preservation instinct. I always assume people aren’t looking out for me to be on the road. I ride/walk very defensively. I wear reflectors and bright clothing. I follow all the traffic rules. This won’t always save you but to walk out in front of a car at night when it is dark is just not smart. When you are traveling at night it can be very hard to see something in the road until you are right on top of it and Carolina Beach road has a speed limit of 45 to I think even 55 in places (not positive so don’t freak out in your replies) I do however feel bad for the guy that was hit, it is a tough price to pay for being irresponsible.

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