Pedestrian killed on 311 Bypass
A pedestrian was killed after being struck by a vehicle on the U.S. 311 Bypass Thursday night.
High Point police said 72-year-old Robert Eugene Greene was walking in the eastbound lanes of the road — officially known as Interstate 74 — when he was struck just south of Eastchester Drive about 8:15 p.m.
Paramedics pronounced Greene dead at the scene, police said.
According to traffic investigators, Greene was wearing dark clothing and was walking in the middle of the outside lane of the bypass. Heavy rain was falling at the time and visiblity was poor when a 2004 Dodge pickup traveling an estimated 45 to 55 mph struck him, police said.
Traffic investigators determined that Greene was subsequently struck by several other vehicles.
Police said none of the occupants of the vehicles involved were injured. Investigators said it’s unlikely that charges will be filed in the crash.
The eastbound lanes of the bypass were shut down for several hours while the crash was investigated.
Police listed Greene’s address as an apartment at the Morehead Courts public housing community on Park Street.
His death was the third traffic fatality in the city so far in 2013.
The first occurred Jan. 7 at an Asheboro Street residence when 4-year-old Tryonna English died after being hit by an SUV in the home’s driveway. Her stepfather has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in that case.
The other was Jan. 25 at the railroad crossing at Pendleton Street near Kivett Drive. Police said 34-year-old Dy Vongdara tried to drive his vehicle around the railroad crossing arms and was struck by a passing train.