BENSON – 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.