Driver charged in deadly crash on I-40 in Greensboro

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro police said a man has been charged after a pedestrian was fatally struck by a car on Wednesday morning.

Police said the incident was reported on I-40E/Bus85 eastbound near Martin Luther King Boulevard around 5 a.m. The victim was identified as Raeshawn Lamont Perry, 22, of Greensboro.

Thomas Robert Emerson, 57, of Greensboro, was allegedly driving his 2004 white Ford Taurus when he ran off the road and struck the pedestrian walking on the shoulder.

Police said the car continued traveling a short distance before striking a concrete base of a sign, rolling onto its side, and coming to a stop.

Authorities said the pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the suspect received non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Moses Cone Hospital by emergency responders.

The suspect was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle. Police said additional charges may be pending, although alcohol is not currently believed to have been a factor.

Authorities said police and emergency medical services responded to area after several calls to 911.

Police said the crash closed one lane of I-40 for about four hours. The investigation is ongoing.