Hit-and-run driver had right of way, but fled after fatal Raleigh crash

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comJune 19, 2013 

Adetoye Adekanmbi

WAKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

— A man accused of running down two women near N.C. State University early Saturday and then driving off had the right of way, but he was speeding and may have been driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to an accident report made public Wednesday.

Police have charged Adeyote Adekanmbi, 33, with one count each of felony hit and run involving death and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. He also was charged with one misdemeanor count of driving while his license was revoked, police said.

Natalie Chidlaw, 18, of Cary died at the scene, according to the accident report from the Raleigh Police Department. The other woman, Meghan Jade Clark, 18, of Willow Spring, was taken to WakeMed with injuries not considered life threatening, police said.

Investigators found Adekanmbi on Sunday at his townhome in Cary. He initially posted bail, but was rearrested Tuesday on the assault charge and remained at the Wake County jail Wednesday. His bail has been set at $250,000, a jail spokesman said.

The accident occurred just before 12:45 a.m. Saturday when Chidlaw and Clark attempted to cross Hillsborough Street at Dixie Trail, according to the accident report. Witnesses told police that a 2002 Volkswagen traveling west on Hillsborough had a green light when it went through the intersection, striking Chidlaw and Clark in a crosswalk.

The Volkswagen was traveling 43 mph, according to the report. The posted speed limit on that section of Hillsborough Street is 35 mph.

Police think Adekanmbi was impaired by alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash, according to the accident report.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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