Pedestrian badly injured by truck in KDH

By on October 3, 2019

On Oct. 3, at approximately 1:18 a.m. Kill Devil Hills Police, Fire and Dare County EMS responded to a collision with serious injuries in the 1600 block of S. Croatan Highway (US 158), near the intersection with Ocean Acres Drive in Kill Devil Hills.

Based on the investigation the collision unfolded as follows: Mr. Brent C. Harris, 39, of Richmond, Virginia was walking east across US 158 just north of the Ocean Acres intersection. Mr. Dalton Johnson, 28, of Dunn, North Carolina, was operating a 2017 Mack 600 tractor trailer truck northbound on US 158. Roadway evidence and witness statements indicate the truck was travelling at or near the posted speed of 45 mph.

There are two traffic-light-controlled intersections in this area, Ocean Acres Drive and Neptune Street and the traffic signals were green for the tractor-trailer truck. Mr. Harris crossed the roadway approximately 60 feet north of the crosswalk at Ocean Acres Drive. Mr. Dalton attempted to avoid striking him, but the truck collided with the pedestrian in the outside, northbound travel lane. Please see attached map for clarification.

Mr. Harris sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported by Dare MedFlight to Norfolk General Hospital in Virginia.  At the time of this release, the Department has no information about his condition.

The collision caused the intersection of US 158 and Ocean Acres to be closed for approximately 2 hours as life-saving measures and the investigation were conducted. The investigation determined that Mr. Johnson was not under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision. The driver of the truck, Mr. Johnson, was not charged with any violations.

The Kill Devil Hills Police Department would like to thank the Dare County Sheriff’s Office, Dare County EMS and Fire Department for assisting at the scene. The Department would also like to thank the Dare County telecommunicators for coordinating the response and rescue efforts.

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  • surf123

    The loss is tragic. It is worth noting the intersection has a crosswalk, but the pedestrian chose not to use. The northern beaches of Dare have a problem with pedestrians being hit and it is related to not using crosswalks.

    Thursday, Oct 3 @ 12:35 pm
  • Ben

    Crosswalks help. How does this always happen. We all are in too much in a hurry. Now two families are affected because is this because of not using the crosswalk 60ft away.

    Thursday, Oct 3 @ 1:56 pm
  • Travis

    There’s also a light there. So unless the trucker ran the light, the crosswalk wouldn’t do the other guy much good. It’s not a force field.

    Friday, Oct 4 @ 9:38 am