NEW HANOVER COUNTY -- A pedestrian is dead after being hit by an 18-wheeler. The accident happened around 3:30 Wednesday morning just before the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. Investigators say the tractor trailer was heading into Wilmington on Highway 74 when a man ran out in front of the truck. Highway patrol says the driver of the 18-wheeler will not be charged because he was not at fault. Highway Patrol Sgt. J.O. Holmes said, "It was a very dark, unlighted area of US 74. The pedestrian was wearing a dark-colored shirt and dark-colored jeans and for whatever reason stepped directly into the path of the vehicle." Troopers say the pedestrian was a black male in his early fifties. They think they have a positive ID on the victim but have not yet contacted his family members.
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