Suspected hit and run driver refuses to answer police questions about crash

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comJuly 11, 2013 

Adetoye Adekanmbi


— After a fatal hit and run crash near N.C. State University, police last month located the heavily damaged car that had been involved at a townhome in Cary.

The car’s owner, Adetoye Taoheed Adekanmbi, 33, of 103 East Chalfont Drive in Cary, admitted to police that he was the owner of the 2002 Volkswagen Passat that had heavy front end and windshield damage, but he refused to answer investigators’ questions about how the damage occurred, according to a series of search warrants returned Thursday to the Wake County Magistrate’s Office.

Around 12:42 a.m. on June 15, two teens, Natalie Jo Chidlaw and Meghan Jade Elizabeth Clark were walking across Hillsborough Street when they were both struck by a gray-colored VW Passat that was traveling west on Hillsborough Street near the intersection of Dixie Trail. The VW had the green light, but failed to stop and continued after the accident, police reported.

Chidlaw, 18, died at the scene. Clark, also 18, suffered severe injuries to her legs and pelvis, according to the search warrants.

Investigators at the scene found several pieces of plastic from the front end of the VW, including a portion of its grill. The hit and run car also left behind glass fragments from its windshield, according to the search warrants.

Adekanmbi has been charged with two felony counts of hit and run causing serious injury or death, court records show.

Investigators used search warrants to obtain blood samples from Adekanmbi to determine if he had been driving drunk. They also seized his car’s event data recorder to review information about the speed the car was traveling at the time of the crash, whether he applied brakes and if he was wearing a seatbelt. The officers seized both Adekanmbi’s and girlfriend’s mobile phones, according to the search warrants.

Investigators were led to Adekanmbi after witnesses described the vehicle that hit Chidlaw and Clark as a dark Volkswagen sedan. A citizen reported seeing a similar vehicle with damage to the front end and windshield parked near Adekanmbi’s home.

Adekanmbi was previously convicted of driving while intoxicated in September 2010 in Durham County and sentenced to probation, according to N.C. Department of Public Safety records.

He remains in custody at the Wake County jail Thursday night, his bail set at $250,000, a jail spokesman reported.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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