Police: Pedestrian killed on US-401 in Garner

GARNER, North Carolina -- A pedestrian was struck and killed on US-401 in Garner around 6:30 a.m. Thursday morning, authorities confirmed.

Police said three vehicles were involved in the wreck. James Demetrius Mims, 53, of Garner, was crossing the southbound lanes of the highway at Pinewinds Drive when a vehicle struck him.

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Authorities believe Mims was then struck by a second and a third vehicle. Police are searching for the second vehicle that left the scene before law enforcement arrived.

Police are looking for a 2010-2014 Hyundai Sonata with front-end damage in connection with the pedestrian death.

The southbound lanes of Fayetteville Road near Pinewinds Drive were closed for several hours but have since reopened. Law enforcement officers were rerouting all southbound traffic at Mechanical Boulevard.

"It's just an unfortunate accident all around," Captain Joe Binns with Garner Police told ABC11.

Sarah Morris worked with Mims at Popeyes. She crosses that same intersection every day to get to work.

"I'm scared now. I'm actually truly scared now," Morris shared. "We need something done because I don't want to have to be the next one."

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