Early Morning Crash Results in Death of Pedestrian

Early Morning Crash Results in Death of Pedestrian

On Sept. 16 at approximately 1:45 a.m., the Goldsboro Police and Fire departments and Wayne County EMS were dispatched to the report of a traffic crash involving a pedestrian on Hwy 70 W (W. Grantham St) near I-795.

The Goldsboro Police Department conducted an investigation into the crash. It was determined that Mr. Leland Underhill and his wife, Ms. April Underhill, 41, of Goldsboro, were walking east in the eastbound lane of U.S. 70 W next to the curb. The Underhills were pushing a shopping cart and another small cart. Both were dressed in dark clothing. Mr. Underhill was carrying a small flashlight.

A vehicle traveling eastbound on U.S. 70 W, operated by a female driver, struck Ms. Underhill with the right front portion of the vehicle. Mr. Underhill was not struck and was not injured in the crash. The female driver stopped at the scene and cooperated with officers conducting the investigation. She was later transported to UNC Health Wayne for evaluation of minor injuries.

Ms. Underhill was found lying along the south side of the highway and was pronounced deceased at the scene by responding Fire/EMS personnel.

It was determined that neither speed nor alcohol on the part of the vehicle’s driver were contributing factors in the traffic crash. Ms. Underhill was found to be in the roadway when she was struck. It is unknown if Ms. Underhill was impaired at the time of the crash.

No charges will be filed against the female driver of the vehicle.