Man Watering Plants Outside Home Killed By Driver Who Ran Stop Sign

BENSON ā€“ A Johnston County man was killed while in the front yard of his home. Scott Charles Pacinelli was watering plants in his front yard around 9:00pm Wednesday.

According to the State Highway Patrol, Niklas Daronte’ Freeman, 19, of Clayton failed to stop for a stop sign at the T-intersection of Zack’s Mill Road and Raleigh Road.

Freeman traveled through the intersection and into the yard, striking Pacinelli, then colliding with his home.

Pacinelli, age 60, died from his injuries. His partner of 20 years, Kimberly Norris, and their teenage daughter were at home but escaped injury.

Niklas Freeman was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, reckless driving, driving after consuming under age 21, failure to wear a seat belt, failure to stop at a stop sign, and failure to maintain lane control. He was released Thursday on a $25,000 secured bond.

According to his obituary, Scott Pacinelli was a mechanic and manager of AAA Car Care Center in Raleigh. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, golfing, cooking, working in his yard, and spending time with his family and friends. A GoFundMe account has been established to help with funeral expenses.


  1. This is a LIE !!!!! He was not in his vehicle when it hit that man he lost control of his vehicle and hopped out of his moving vehicle to avoid injury to himself not realizing he would cause someone else harm ! This is false and it needs to be corrected ASAP !

    • Your statement defies all logic! If he had time to hop out of a moving vehicle (versus being thrown out due to no seatbelt), then he would have had time to hit the brakes. Drunk people don’t think rationally. Teenagers don’t think rationally. When will people start facing the facts?

    • Lost control because he was intoxicated and ran a stop sign. KILLING an innocent man in his front yard. Own up to it. Many lives have been destroyed by this boys criminal action. Should be behind bars for life.

    • This is the dumbest argument you could possibly make. He killed a man because he was driving drunk and extremely careless, and your information, if true, makes him look even worse. He killed another human being. Nothing can correct that.

    • this is his daughter cali that was there! “A” you are telling lies ! this man needs the time he deserves! as this being my father don’t lie and reply to things you have false information … there was no time even for him to hop out the car !

  2. Prayers for Scott Charles Pacinelli and his family. This is so sad to hear and killed by a young man drinking and driving. Freeman, I hope you understand that you took a man from his family that loved him. I hope you pay the price!

  3. Would love to know the immigration status of Freeman and Pacinelli… wonder why it wasn’t included in the story and why more people aren’t upset about it?

    • TTT,
      Go back under the bridge!
      Illegals and crimes they commit are real issues and have negative impacts on our community.
      Nobody’s buying from your little bait sale.

      Back to actual issue, agree with rocky, they should have $100k min bail.

      “A”, you have any other Johnny Cochran generated fabrications? Your post was amusing. “If the lie fits, you must aquit”

      So very sorry for Scott’s family.

      • @Commonsense: You say “Illegals and crimes they commit are real issues and have negative impacts on our community.” And that’s *EXACTLY* my point. Why does the #FakeMedia only report immigration status for certain crimes (even here on this site)? Everyone should be treated the same! What are they hiding?

      • While certain actions may be criminal, or illegal, people cannot be illegal. Although, in the US, it is a federal crime to enter the country without inspection, it is not a crime to be present within the country without authorization. Words matter.

        • @Sorrynotsorry: I never called anyone an “illegal.” If you look at my responses, you’ll see I use the phrase “immigration status.” #WordDoMatter

  4. the Lord have mercy on him please, and show His love to mr Freeman. And the Lord Jesus have mercy on all the victims of this tragedy.

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