Man pleads guilty in fatal Raleigh hit and run

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Man pleads guilty in year-old hit and run death
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Caesar Leake appears in court Wednesday.

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- A man pleaded guilty in a Raleigh courtroom Wednesday to hitting a man a year ago and leaving the scene.

Caesar Leake had faced a DWI charge in the hit-and-run death of 23-year-old Terrance Faison on Poole Road October 29, 2015.

Terrance Faison

It wasn't until later that a neighbor reported Leake came home that night in a damaged Ford Explorer that the North Carolina Highway Patrol was able to match with vehicle parts found at the crash scene.


Because of the delay between the crash and the time that Leake was arrested, prosecutors said proving DWI would be nearly impossible, so that charge was dropped.

Caesar Leake
image courtesy Raleigh-Wake City-County Bureau of Identification

Leake pleaded guilty to felony hit-and-run causing death and insurance fraud for reporting he hit a deer.

Faison's family said in court Wednesday it is not happy about the reduced charges, but is trying to accept them.

Leake was sentenced to two years and eight months in jail.

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