POLICE: No Charges In Pedestrian Death

Jacksonville police say there will be no charges brought in a deadly accident last week.

Killed in the pedestrian accident was Richard Sparks of Lunenburg, Mass. Police say the 54-year-old man was crossing Highway 17 at Western Boulevard when struck and killed.

Police say their decision came after consulting with the district attorney's office.


A Massachusetts man was killed Thursday night while he was crossing Jacksonville's busiest intersection.

Jacksonville police say Richard Sparks of Lunenburg, Mass. was hit by a vehicle at the intersection of Highway 17 and Western Blvd. around 10 p.m. Thursday. A spokesperson says EMS crews transported Sparks to Onslow Memorial Hospital. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

Police believe the 54-year-old man was trying to cross Highway 17 from the area of Wal-Mart. The department’s traffic division is investigating.

Police say the driver of the vehicle is identified as Charles Adams of Jacksonville.

Once the investigation is complete police say they will consult with the District Attorney’s Office to determine if any charges will be filed.

This death marks the ninth person killed on Jacksonville's streets in the past three years.

Highway 17 and Western Blvd. each have four lanes of traffic and two turn lanes in each direction. It is the busiest intersection in Jacksonville.


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  • by Jackie Sparks Location: Leominster, Ma on Apr 20, 2009 at 11:41 PM
    My name is Jackie Sparks,Richard (Rick) Sparks sister. Our family wanted to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all of you for your thoughts and prayers. Rick has an incredible mom, 4 beautiful children, 4 sisters,1 brother, and so many loving nieces and nephews. Our prayers go out to Charles and his family. Rick saw his youngest son graduate from Infantry training and had so much that he looked forward to. His oldest son is getting married in August, his youngest daughter graduating college in May, visiting with his oldest daughter during these special occasions and meeting me at the airport to come home. We now have thousands of pictures we stare at, videos we watch over and over, music we listen to that Rick loved,friends that remenice , coworkers that love him dearly, all our cherished family memories, Rick is the best friend,son,dad,brother,uncle and coworker . Please, know that we'll do what we can to save another family from the saddness we allfeel. God bless you
  • by Chris Location: Windsor on Apr 14, 2009 at 09:41 AM
    Umm Rainy, Have you visited the REST of eastern NC??? The whole section of this state is under funded, rural, poor, and generally in bad shape! How about this, LOOK BOTH WAYS!!! i will never understand the decision to run across heavy traffic in hopes of getting to the other side, reminds me of the "why did the chicken cross the road" stories..
  • by Jessie Location: Jacksonville on Apr 11, 2009 at 11:02 AM
    I agree with rainey. I work on western blvd and it gets crazy out there. Something has to be done.
  • by Rainy Location: Jacksonville on Apr 11, 2009 at 05:06 AM
    This city is in desperate need of pedestrian crosswalk signals. It's pathetic how unmodern this town STILL is.
  • by loretta Location: jacksonville on Apr 10, 2009 at 07:45 AM
    It is so hard to cross the western/17 intersection. Like the article says...it is the busiest intersection in Jacksonville. I hate driving through that intersection. Even with the stop lights, people are constantly running the red lights, which makes it so unsafe for pedestrians. My prayers are with both familys of this horrible accident.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Apr 10, 2009 at 06:54 AM
    I know this story is headed in the direction of MONEY. The last time I checked the safest place to cross a street was at an intersection proteced by a stop light. Was this person hit at an intersection? You see we only get enough information to form a wrong opinion.
  • by hello Location: goldsboro,nc on Apr 10, 2009 at 06:47 AM
    How many more deaths will it take before something is done?My heart goes out to the victim's family.
  • by Alison Location: Havelock on Apr 10, 2009 at 06:43 AM
    How many more people are going to have to die in order for the city to do something? My prayers go out to the family of this victim.
  • by John L Location: New Bern on Apr 10, 2009 at 06:25 AM
    Another example of the necessity to do something about the traffic in Jacksonville, ESPECIALLY at that particular intersection and up and down western blvd. With more military still coming in, it's only going to get worse. Our prayers go out to the family of this person this morning.
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