Raleigh police responded to Pettigrew Street concerning a report of a pedestrian-involved traffic collision around 9:45 p.m.
Upon arrival, officers found 26-year-old Dwight Emory Smith in the roadway. He died after being transported to WakeMed.
It is believed Smith was lying on the pavement when he was struck by a vehicle that did not remain at the scene.
Police are trying to identify and locate both the vehicle and its driver.
Anyone with information that might assist investigating officers is asked to either call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP or to go to the CrimeStoppers Web site at www.raleighcrimestoppers.org for instructions on how to report a tip online or by text message.