Tapes released in fatal hit and run

September 3, 2009 2:45:36 PM PDT
Police dispatch tapes reveal what led to a hit and run wreck that killed a Raleigh man. They show the suspect, who police say was driving drunk, was in some kind of bar fight just before the crash.Click here to listen to the tape

The grinding crash on Old Wake Forest Road took the life of 28-year-old Eddie Ogburn. It was the tragic end of a series of events that began just down the road.

Minutes before the collision, Raleigh police, according to radio traffic, came to the Carolina Ale House on Falls of the Neuse Road to check on a fight. The nightspot is less than a half mile from the scene of the fatal crash.

"I'll be checking on 10-10 [fight] at Ale House," Sgt. V.R. Johnson told a dispatcher.

While the radio traffic doesn't explain what exactly happened when Johnson checked on the fight, the next thing you hear is the sergeant calling about what he believes is a drunk driver.

"Unit near Ale House reference 10-55 [drunk driver]," he called.

According to the official police report, Johnson headed up Old Wake Forest Road to try to catch up with the driver, but from the radio traffic it appears he lost sight of the car. He calls for other units to be on the lookout and refers to the driver as the man who was apparently thrown out of the Ale House.

"Any unit near Old Wake Forest and Millbrook reference subject just got put out. He'll be in a silver Infinity," he called.

But for Eddie Ogburn, it was too late. Less than three seconds later, Johnson spots the wreck.

"He had a 10-50 [wreck], he reported. "Up here on Old Wake Forest."

According to the wreck report, Johnson spots the suspect, later identified as 33-year-old Cory Henderson, disappearing into the woods. He immediately rushes to Ogburn's Jeep to help him and two female passengers.

One of them was screaming.

"Subject non-responsive," Johnson called in.

Henderson was caught minutes later. He initially bonded out of jail, but because he had prior DWI's, the charge was bumped up to second degree murder.

Thursday, his $1.5 bond was cut in half.

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