Durham man charged in hit-and-run death of Air Force veteran on Fayetteville Street

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Durham police search for hit and-run-driver who killed Air Force veteran
Chris Smith died near Fayetteville Street and Cook Road in Durham, a crossing that his sisterShelly Smith described as a routine part of his daily commute.

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- Durham police have charged a man in connection with the hit-and-run death of an Air Force veteran.

Chris Smith, 50, was struck and killed on Election Day on Fayetteville Street near Cook Road.

Chris Smith's sister Shelly said the location was part of his daily commute.

"He takes the bus from his apartment, jumps off here at the bus stop and walks to the Lowe's Home Improvement Center down the street," she told ABC11.

But the bus stop is about a block away from a construction zone that restricts access to pavement that could provide pedestrian access to a crosswalk and traffic signal directly across from the Lowe's.

Chris Smith in an Air Force photo.
Courtesy of Shelly Smith

Smith said her brother had a recent traffic-related close call.

Chris Smith was a lifelong musician.
Courtesy of Shelly Smith via Kelly Taylor Photography

"He had actually been hit two weeks before, at a different location, walking near the edge of a construction site. A driver came by and clipped him on the hip. So when we found out that this had happened, we were baffled, because he was being just super, super aware of his surroundings," she said.

Durham investigators charged Jordan Keenan Wall, 27, with felony hit-and-run involving serious injury/death, misdemeanor death by vehicle and not having insurance. Wall turned himself in Tuesday and was released on a $50,000 unsecured bond.

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