Published: Jul 23, 2012 01:08 PM
Modified: Jul 23, 2012 01:09 PM
CARRBORO - A man was killed Saturday night when he was hit by two cars while crossing N.C. 54 in the rain east of Jones Ferry Road, police reported.
Ricardo Eriberto Rivera Calix, 53, who was believed to be homeless, was crossing the highway near Westbrook Drive at 10:23 p.m. when he was struck by a car in the right lane, reports stated.
He was wearing a dark blue shirt and black pants, police reported. His shoes were found roughly 113 feet from where he was hit, and a bag of personal items also was found nearby.
Police also reported a strong odor of alcohol coming from his body, which has been sent to the N.C. Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.
The Honduras native had family in the area, Carrboro police investigator Lt. Anthony Westbrook said. The only police contact with him was in April 2010, when he was charged with misdemeanor possession of an open container, he said.
According to reports, driver Jessica Yvonne Doby, 20, of 3557 Bellemont-Mt. Herman Road, Burlington, was traveling at roughly 35 mph when she “felt like she hit something in the roadway just as she got to the bus stop.” The posted speed limit along that stretch of road is 45 mph.
Doby told police she didn’t see anyone or anything and stopped her car about 430 feet from where Rivera Calix was hit. She reported seeing a shopping cart at the bus stop but didn’t see anyone around.
The driver of a second vehicle – Stephanie Rebekah Gaskill, 26, of 220 Elizabeth St., Chapel Hill – told police that she might have run over Rivera Calix while turning left from N.C. 54 West onto Westbrook Drive. Gaskill said she did not see anyone lying in the roadway, a report stated.
Police found Rivera Calix with injuries to his head and upper body, lying face down in the left-turn lane from N.C. 54 to Westbrook Drive, the report stated. Orange County EMS also responded, pronouncing him dead at the scene.
Doby’s 2005 Dodge had $1,500 in damages to the front left corner, the hood and the left side of the windshield, the report stated. Gaskill’s 2011 Honda did not have any damage.
Neither driver appeared to be intoxicated, police reported.
Police are still investigating the accident and were re-interviewing both drivers Monday, Westbrook said. They do not expect to press charges, he said.
However, Westbrook asked that anyone who may have seen Rivera Calix or the accident contact Carrboro Investigator Sgt. Mike Metz at 919-918-7397.
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