Pedestrian hit and killed by street sweeper in Durham

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015
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A pedestrian was hit and killed on US 501 at Cornwallis Road in Durham.

DURHAM (WTVD) -- A pedestrian was hit and killed by a street sweeper vehicle in Durham early Tuesday morning.

It happened around 3 a.m. on US 15-501 near NC 751 and W. Cornwallis Road.

Police said someone called 911 to report seeing a man run into traffic.

According to authorities, a small 2009 Isuzu street sweeper was going southbound on U.S. 15-501 as the man ran out from the median and into the travel lane. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

The pedestrian was later identified as 25-year-old Justin Radtke, of Durham, authorities said.

The driver of the street sweeper, 41-year-old Kelvin Britton of Raleigh and a passenger in the street sweeper, 29-year-old Benjamin Viciente of Durham, were not injured. The street sweeper is owned by Carolina Sweepers of Cary.

The accident remains under investigation, but there are no pending charges at this time, according to investigators.

The southbound lanes of U.S. 15-501 between the N.C. 751 and Cornwallis Road exits were shut down for more than two hours as authorities cleared the area.

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