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UPDATE: Pedestrian hit and killed near Monkey Junction

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Crews work at the scene of a deadly crash at Carolina Beach Road and Antoinette Drive Crews work at the scene of a deadly crash at Carolina Beach Road and Antoinette Drive
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Emergency crews responded to the scene of a fatal accident near Monkey Junction Thursday night.

The accident happened at the intersection of Carolina Beach Road and Antoinette Drive a little before 9 p.m.

According to the NC Highway Patrol, a homeless man, 56-year-old Gerald Lemoine, was crossing Carolina Beach Road towards Walmart when he was hit.

Parks said the driver was not at fault and that Lemoine was illegally in the roadway when struck. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

This is the second fatality in the same area in just 12 days. In May, Kathy Jo Battles was hit by a car when she was crossing the road just a couple hundred feet away.

In both scenarios, Troopers say the drivers were not at fault.

Crash reports show that those were the only two pedestrian fatalities so far in 2014. In 2013, there were also two pedestrian fatalities, reports show they also happened on Carolina Beach Road, but a couple miles south of Monkey Junction.

Two of the four pedestrian fatalities in 2012 happened on Carolina Beach Road in or near Monkey Junction. One of those fatalities occurred very close to where Lemoine was hit by the car.

Troopers said they will be looking into the recent crashes, because they occurred so close together in both time and location.

"We are trying to look at trends and determine if any factors were related," said Sgt. Pope. "If any factors were related we want to address those factors, increase enforcement, or presence of more troopers and deputies, or if we need to educate the public more on issues that may be causing these types of collisions."

He said they are urging people to cross roadways at intersections, where drivers can see them, and asking drivers to be on the lookout no matter where they are.

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