Man killed in accident while lying on NC 12 identified 

By on October 11, 2021

(Kill Devil Hills Police)
Update: The Kill Devil Hills Police Department has released information about the identity of the victim in this Oct. 10 accident. He is Matthew J. Adams, 36 of Kill Devil Hills. He was lying about 6 feet north of the crosswalk at the time he was struck. The report noted the weather at the time was a “misty rain” which could have further obscured driver’s visibility (in addition to it being night). None of the drivers involved had any signs of impairment and all were tested at the scene. it is unknown why Mr. Adams was lying the roadway. No charges are pending.


On Oct. 10, at approximately 8:32 p.m., a gray 2007 Scion, was traveling north on NC 12 in the area of First Street. A short distance behind the Scion was a 1988 BMW 325i. At the same time, a 36-year-old male was lying in the northbound travel lane of NC 12 north of First Street and north of the crosswalk. There is overhead street lighting in the area.

Roadway evidence and statements obtained at the scene indicate both vehicles were traveling at the posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour. As the Scion approached the intersection, the driver noticed an object laying in the roadway, which turned out to be the man lying in the roadway, and he swerved in time to avoid him. The BMW driver, approaching from the same direction, was unable to maneuver to miss the victim in time.

The male in the roadway suffered injuries to his right leg and the front of his head. He was pronounced deceased at the Outer Banks Hospital.

Alcohol was not a factor for either driver. The investigation is continuing. The victim has been identified, however notification of next of kin is incomplete and his information is being withheld for the time being.

The Kill Devil Hills Police Department requests anyone who might have been a witness or who has relevant information to contact Det. Mike Sudduth at (252) 449-5350.





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