One killed in I-440 wreck in Raleigh

Suspect Michael Newkirk

January 1, 2011 4:18:18 PM PST
Raleigh police are investigating a fatal wreck on the beltline. It happened just after 4 a.m. on the westbound side of the beltline, in the area of Brentwood Road.

Police say Adolphus Markeith Cannady and Donsha Worsley were pushing their broken down car when it was hit by another vehicle.

Cannady was killed, and Worsley was taken to the hospital.

The driver of the other car, Michael Newkirk, 44, was charged with driving while impaired, felony hit-and-run, felony death by vehicle, and felony serious injury by vehicle for his involvement in the accident.

Documents filed with the Wake County Magistrate indicate he blew a .21 when given a brethalyzer test - almost three times the legal limit.

He is due in court on Monday, and has a bond of $540,000.

His record also shows a DWI conviction from 1993, and convictions for driving while license revoked in 1993 and 2000.

The owner of the car Newkirk was driving - Dakim Saunders Summers, 32, of New Bern, is also charged with aiding and abetting. He was apparently a passenger at the time.

Two lanes of the freeway remained closed for much of the morning, but have since re-opened.

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