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Authorities now know identity of man killed in traffic

Posted on January 3, 2022

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This screen capture from Google Maps shows the approximate location in Winston-Salem where an intoxicated man stepped into traffic at U.S. 52 and Liberty Street and died after being struck by a vehicle in 2003. Authorities learned the man’s identity in 2021, but they haven’t released the name.

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This screen capture from Google Maps shows the approximate location in Winston-Salem where an intoxicated man stepped into traffic at U.S. 52 and Liberty Street and died after being struck by a vehicle in 2003. Authorities learned the man’s identity in 2021, but they haven’t released the name.

This autopsy photo shows a man struck by a vehicle and killed in Winston-Salem in 2003. The man's identity is now known to law enforcement, but hasn't been made public.

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This autopsy photo shows a man struck by a vehicle and killed in Winston-Salem in 2003. The man's identity is now known to law enforcement, but hasn't been made public.

This screen capture from Google Maps shows the approximate location in Winston-Salem where an intoxicated man stepped into traffic at U.S. 52 and Liberty Street and died after being struck by a vehicle in 2003. Authorities learned the man’s identity in 2021, but they haven’t released the name.

Enterprise screen capture

This screen capture from Google Maps shows the approximate location in Winston-Salem where an intoxicated man stepped into traffic at U.S. 52 and Liberty Street and died after being struck by a vehicle in 2003. Authorities learned the man’s identity in 2021, but they haven’t released the name.

This autopsy photo shows a man struck by a vehicle and killed in Winston-Salem in 2003. The man's identity is now known to law enforcement, but hasn't been made public.

Contributed photo

This autopsy photo shows a man struck by a vehicle and killed in Winston-Salem in 2003. The man's identity is now known to law enforcement, but hasn't been made public.

This autopsy photo shows a man struck by a vehicle and killed in Winston-Salem in 2003. The man's identity is now known to law enforcement, but hasn't been made public.
This screen capture from Google Maps shows the approximate location in Winston-Salem where an intoxicated man stepped into traffic at U.S. 52 and Liberty Street and died after being struck by a vehicle in 2003. Authorities learned the man’s identity in 2021, but they haven’t released the name.

Unidentified is a weekly series examining the more than 120 cases of unidentified human remains discovered in North Carolina. News Editor Lindell J. Kay produces each installment for The Enterprise of Spring Hope and other Restoration NewsMedia newspapers.

Click here to read previous installments in the series, along with case updates and additional resources, on Kay's Unidentified blog.

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WINSTON-SALEM — Authorities have discovered the identity of an intoxicated man who walked into traffic nearly two decades ago, but his name hasn’t yet been shared publicly.

Intoxicated, the man tried to cross a busy U.S. 52 and Liberty Street near Northwest Boulevard when a car struck and killed him on Dec. 26, 2003.

Investigators established the man’s identity at some point in 2021, according to information from the Doe Network, a volunteer-run international clearinghouse for unidentified and missing persons cases.

The listing for the man has been removed from the National Missing and Unidentified Person System.

Cases are removed from NamUs when the case is closed or at law enforcement agencies’ request, said Carrie Sutherland, program specialist for NamUs’ Region 7, which includes North Carolina.

The Winston-Salem Police Department and Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office didn’t respond to requests for information in the case in time for this story.

The man’s dental charts and fingerprints were available for comparison, but no DNA is available because a sample wasn’t retained, according to the Doe Network.

Washed ashore, unearthed in shallow graves, stumbled upon in the woods, discovered in abandoned houses, killed on busy roads and located in rivers, ponds and along railroad tracks, more than 120 bodies remain unidentified in North Carolina. This is one of their stories.

Medical examiners described the man as a Latino with black hair and brown eyes, believed to have been 25-40 years old. He stood 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighed 211 pounds. He had scars on his left leg, foot and forearm as well as a black dotted tattoo of two heads with “M.Y.F.” printed on the left forearm.

The man wore a blue pullover sweater, tan short-sleeved shirt with collar, green long pants, four white socks, yellow long sweatpants under the green pants, black boxers and a black belt. He also wore a gray stringed necklace with two gray metal pendants, one with a black stone and one with an empty setting.

Anyone with information in the case can call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700.

NamUs moved its operations in 2021 from the University of North Texas to Research Triangle Park in Durham.

More than 1,000 bodies in the U.S. are found each year and go unidentified. NamUs has helped resolve more than 2,300 unidentified body cases since its 2007 inception. To learn more about NamUs or explore its vast databases, visit https://namus.nij.ojp.gov/.

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