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Police identify pedestrian hit and killed


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.

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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.

said the person who obviously NEVER walks anywhere...

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!

how cyclists are treated

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.


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!


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?

Being the only one who's experienced both sides of this issue

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...


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