Man dies after attempting to cross I-85 on foot

Published 6:38 pm Wednesday, September 16, 2020

SALISBURY – A man was struck and killed on Interstate 85 near the north on-ramp from East Innes Street on Wednesday.

N.C. State Highway Patrol Sgt. Joe Leonard said Gabriel Ray Basinger, 44, of China Grove, darted across the on-ramp where it merges onto I-85 and stopped at a thin piece of grassy median. The man then attempted to cross the interstate and ran into the side of a FedEx truck, Leonard said.

Basinger died on the scene and was transported by Rowan County EMS to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.

Leonard said the investigation has not determined why Basinger was attempting to cross the interstate.

Leonard said it is unlikely any charges will be filed. Highway Patrol called investigators to make sure the truck was in compliance with federal regulations.

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Carl Blankenship has covered education for the Post since December 2019. Before coming to Salisbury he was a staff writer for The Avery Journal-Times in Newland and graduated from Appalachian State University in 2017, where he was editor of The Appalachian.

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