Update: Driver who struck pedestrian not likely to face charges

Published 1:25 pm Sunday, April 9, 2017

A Beaufort County man was struck and killed by a vehicle Saturday afternoon on U.S. Highway 17 just north of Washington.

Kenneth Scipio, 33, was in the road in front of his house when he was struck about 4 p.m. by a mini-van headed north on U.S. 17 about a mile north of its intersection with VOA Road, according to the N.C. State Highway Patrol.

A section of U.S. 17 near the scene was closed in both directions for about 90 minutes Saturday.

On the scanner report, the driver of the mini-van was identified as female, although her name has not been released. She was reportedly unable to exit her vehicle without help after the accident because of broken glass.

A Vidant East Care helicopter was placed on standby following the incident, according to the scanner report, but the helicopter request was later cancelled, indicating Scipio likely passed away shortly after he was struck.

As of Monday afternoon, the Highway Patrol had not filed charges against the driver. The Highway Patrol did not know why Scipio was in the road.

Scipio is the third pedestrian struck and killed in the Washington area in a little more than a month. Eighty-nine-year-old Jake Rogers was struck on Market Street Extension in mid-March, and 59-year-old Hope Moore was struck on West 15th Street in early March.