Pedestrian fatally injured in Southern Shores accident

By on April 17, 2021

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Update: The Waterbury Republican American newspaper has published an April 17 story on Roger Ouellette’s death that calls him a “Watertown Sports Icon.” Ouellette was killed in the accident that occurred in Southern Shores on April 16. Although retired, he had been both the baseball and football coach at Watertown High, coaching football for 19 years and baseball for more than two decades. The story in the Republican American, written by Mark Jaffee, beings with the words: “In terms of good-guy status, few compared to Watertown’s Roger Ouellette.”

To read the full story in the Republican American, click here. Watertown sports icon Roger Ouellette dies at age 65 | The Zones (

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(Southern Shores Police Department)

The Southern Shores Police Department reports that Roger Henry Ouellette, Jr., 65, of Watertown CT was fatally injured in an accident involving a motor vehicle and pedestrian that occurred around 8:20 p.m. on April 16 at the intersection of Duck Road and Chicahauk Trail.

According to the police report, the victim was walking with family and friends trying to cross over Duck Road at the lighted crosswalk to the beach access at the time of the accident. Part of that group had crossed when the pedestrian sign signal changed from crossing to no crossing and the light turned green for traffic on Duck Road. After waiting for one car to travel northbound before crossing, the group did not see a second car heading north on Duck Road, and that vehicle struck Ouellettte. He was taken to Norfolk General by Dare County Med Flight where he later passed away.

The report also says that there are no indications that speed or alcohol was involved on the part of the driver, William Thomas King, Jr., 60, of Fort Washington, MD.

Ouellette and his family were on the Outer Banks to celebrate the wedding of his son this weekend.

The statement from the Southern Shores Police also asks the Outer Banks community to “lift up both of these families and their friends in prayer during this most difficult time.”






  • Carolyn

    Horrific tragedy for all involved, and during what is usually such a joyous event (victim’s son’s wedding weekend). I’m so sorry this has happened. PLEASE everyone! Be EXTRA vigilant at all pedestrian crosswalks when driving. Every. Single. Time! People are going to screw up and cross against the light. We can all do our best to not make that a death penalty mistake.

    Saturday, Apr 17 @ 11:54 am
  • dan

    Southern Shores is not safe for pedestrians. Dogwood, Sea Oats, Juniper, Wax Myrtle and Hillcrest are commercial highways. Tourists cut through at 40 mph year round. The police do a good job handing out tickets but it doesn’t stop the problem. The town council refuses to do anything about it.

    Saturday, Apr 17 @ 12:41 pm
  • stephen McKenna

    Awful story. We will pray for this man, his family and the driver of the vehicle.

    Saturday, Apr 17 @ 12:50 pm
  • Ann Broadhead

    I have seen the beach goers with children and beach chairs, etc try to cross legally T the lights and there is simply not enough time to get across even if you start when it first says. Walk!
    I suggest they set the lights to give beach goers more time to cross. A handicap person or elderly person, needs extra time to cross, as well!

    Saturday, Apr 17 @ 3:50 pm
  • Zack Bass

    It’s going to be a long and tough summer.

    Saturday, Apr 17 @ 5:49 pm
  • Bud

    This place is ridiculously dangerous due to all the tourists.
    Best to get away for the summer.

    Friday, Apr 23 @ 6:08 am