Driver won’t be charged in pedestrian death

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Police say charges won’t be filed against a driver whose SUV struck and killed an elderly pedestrian in the road last Sunday.

Officers said the crash remains under investigation, but 20-year-old Christian Chavez of Wilson will not face charges in connection to the incident.

Police were dispatched to the 1400 block of Forest Hills Road near the intersection of Brookhaven Drive shortly before 9 p.m.

Lillie L. Eatmon, 89, of Wilson, was leaving a home and walking to her car when she was struck by a white 2004 Jeep Patriot driven by Chavez, according to police.

Eatmon was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Wilson Police Department’s Strategic Traffic Enforcement Patrol team is investigating the crash, which is the second incident within the span of a week when a pedestrian was fatally struck.

On June 23, 34-year-old Raymundo Orozco of Bailey, was hit by a Buick Rendezvous crossover SUV around 2:17 a.m. The hit-and-run crash happened in the 5800 block of Ward Boulevard. Orozco suffered serious injuries and was not breathing when police arrived. Officers and medics tried to revive him, but Orozco was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

The driver, 59-year-old Efrain Yanez of 729 Carson Drive in Rocky Mount, was charged with felony hit-and-run and misdemeanor causing death by a motor vehicle.