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Victim in fatal crash owned Inners Shows

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Cars travel down Southwest Greenville Boulevard where Edward Milton Inners Jr., a pedestrian, was struck and killed by a vehicle on Feb. 21, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)


By Tyler Stocks
The Daily Reflector

Thursday, February 22, 2018

The owner of a company that puts on carnivals was struck and killed while crossing Southwest Greenville Boulevard on Wednesday night, the department reported on Thursday.

A preliminary investigation indicates Edward Milton Inners Jr., 68, of Franklinton was attempting to cross the road near the Greenville Grande theater when he was struck by an eastbound Toyota passenger car.

The car was driven by 18-year-old Emma Weis of Raleigh. Inners was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident occurred shortly after 8 p.m. and traffic safety investigators were sent to the scene to determine what happened, said Kristen Hunter, the department’s public information officer.

The eastbound lanes were closed while rescue workers responded and officers continued their investigation. Traffic was diverted to Mall drive.

The crash is still under investigation. No charges have been filed at this time.

Inners was the owner of Inners Shows of Franklinton. The company is putting on a carnival in the same area that Inners was hit.

The mood was somber on Thursday morning as staff members set up giant inflatables, car rides, mini roller coasters and concessions stands for the upcoming event in the 700 block of Southwest Greenville Boulevard.

A family friend told the Daily Reflector that the carnival would go on as planned. The 10-day event begins tonight at 6 p.m. and is expected to continue through next Sunday.

With more than 30 rides, Inners Shows has been in operation since 1909 and operates carnivals in seven different states.

Contact Tyler Stocks at tstocks@reflector.com and 252-329-9566.