Suspect in fatal Raleigh hit-and-run faces judge

Adetoye Taoheed Adekanmbi

June 16, 2013 9:00:00 PM PDT
A man facing charges in connection with a hit-and-run that killed a teenager and injured another one in Raleigh over the weekend, faced a judge Monday.

Late Saturday evening, officers charged 33-year-old Adetoye Taoheed Adekanmbi on two counts of felony hit and run causing bodily injury or death and with driving while license revoked.

Several hours earlier, just before 12:45 a.m., Adekanmbi was allegedly behind the wheel of a Volkswagen when he struck two 18-year-old girls who were walking near the intersection of Hillsborough Street and Dixie Trail.

Officials pronounced Natalie Chidlaw of Cary dead at the scene, while her friend, Meghan Clarke, was taken to WakeMed with non-life threatening injuries.

Shocked witnesses called 911 as Adekanmbi reportedly fled the scene.

"Oh my God, I'm at Friendly and Dixie on Hillsborough Street and a girl just got hit by a car," a caller told a 911 operator. "Like, he was going so fast ... she's in the middle of the road, two of them are ... we need help now."

"She was so young and innocent and I'm going to live with her face in my mind for the rest of my life," witness Wyatt Redman said. "She was in horrible condition. It was the most frightening thing I've seen."

Police later located the car involved in the accident at a Cary apartment complex and took Adekanmbi into custody.

Wearing a suit, Adekanmbi appeared before the judge Monday morning and said he would hire a lawyer to defend him. The judge set his next court date for July 8.

Adekanmbi walked out of court after posting his $64,000 bond and declined to make any comment.

Court records reveal, Adekanmbi was charged with DWI in 2009.

Meanwhile, Raleigh Police say an investigation into Saturday's accident remains ongoing.

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