Pedestrian Struck, Killed In Hit And Run Accident

The NC Highway Patrol is searching for a vehicle that struck and killed a pedestrian Thursday night then fled from the scene.

The accident happened around 8:00PM on Highway 39 North near Earpsboro Road, not far from the Wake County line.

Witnesses told the Highway Patrol a silver passenger car struck 48 year-old Rigoberto Valencia Talavera as he walked along the rural dimly-lit roadway.  Talavera had just left a nearby convenience store.

The car reportedly stopped at the scene momentarily before speeding away. The silver passenger car should have extension damage to the front left side.  It was last seen traveling on Highway 39 North towards Wake County.