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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