Victim Killed Along Highway 33 Identified

The Highway Patrol has released the name of a man killed early Sunday morning as he walked along Highway 33 in Pitt County.

Troopers say Silberio Juarez was here on a work pass from Guatemala.

A spokesperson for the Highway Patrol says John Vincent of Greenville told them he was on his way to work when the 34-year-old man walked in front of his 2001 Ford Explorer.

Vincent told investigators Juarez was walking along the shoulder before he stepped in front of his SUV. Vincent says he tried to veer out of the way but it was to late.

No charges are expected to be filed against Vincent.


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The North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the death of an unidentified Hispanic male.

The male was killed around 5:30 Sunday morning along NC 33 West near the Belvoir Church.

A spokesperson for the Highway Patrol says John Vincent of Greenville told them he was on his way to work when someone walked in front of his 2001 Ford Explorer.

Vincent told investigators the Hispanic male was walking along the shoulder before he stepped in front of his SUV. Vincent says he tried to veer out of the way but it was to late.

The spokesperson says the unidentified male died at the scene. Someone has come forward who believes they know who the Hispanic male may be.

An identification is expected to me made on Monday through the Medical Examiners Office.

Highway Patrol says speed was not a factor and they are also waiting for toxicology reports on the unidentified male.

Charges are not expected against the driver.


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  • by nightmare on Dec 7, 2009 at 06:12 PM
    this is one of my worst nightmares. i used to commute early in the morning and late at night. there were times that people would be walking along side the road in the dark, going the wrong way and wearing dark clothing--i would only see them as i passed them--if they had stepped out in front of my car it would have been too late! i noticed that many people who do this too, are black. maybe bc more black people walk than drive, and people are just not being taught to face traffic when you walk/wear reflective clothing. i dont mean this as a racist comment at all, but if your clothing is dark and your skin is dark, you are hard to see at night, and that is dangerous. i would be devastated if i hit anyone. i am sorry for the loss of this man, he probably came here to make a better life.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Dec 7, 2009 at 04:35 PM
    I am sorry this man lost his life, but I will bet he was dressed in dark colors.
  • by Nana Location: Southern Pitt on Dec 7, 2009 at 12:13 PM
    Wake your boys up at the DOT, Bev...How much more of this needs to happen before we can get 33 (North and South) 4-laned? I lived in that area for over 20 years (before the 264 interchange)and dealt with that traffic daily...looks like both of these guys were just trying to get to work and look what happened. That aside, do agree with the others that anybody walking in that area should proceed with extra caution.
  • by blah on Dec 7, 2009 at 09:39 AM
    i mean don't walk on the side of the road. in the belvior area its REALLY bad. use common sense please!
  • by jay Location: greenville on Dec 6, 2009 at 04:51 PM
    this is not surprise, There is always someone walking along this road edge facing the wrong direction wearing all dark colors in the middle of the night. Kind of hard to see someone if this is the case. I do regreat hearing of any death in this manner.
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