Raleigh police file murder charge in June hit-and-run crash

rgallagher@newsobserver.comSeptember 10, 2013 

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Adetoye Adekanmbi of Cary appears in court Tuesday at the Wake County Justice Center in Raleigh. Adekanmbi is charged with second-degree murder in a fatal hit-and-run on Hillsborough Street on June 15.

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— Adetoye Adekanmbi of Cary, who police say was the driver in a June hit-and-run crash that killed one woman and injured a second, now faces a charge of second-degree murder in the incident.

Adekanmbi, 33, of 103 E. Chalfont Way, is being held without bail after he was served with a new arrest warrant at the Wake County Detention Center.

Natalie Jo Chidlaw was killed and Meghan Jade Elizabeth Clark was severely injured as the 18-year-old women crossed Hillsborough Street near Dixie Trail early June 15.

Witnesses to the incident told police that a gray Volkswagen Passat hit the two teens and drove on.

Adekanmbi’s damaged 2002 Passat was discovered outside his apartment later in the day, but he would not discuss with police how the vehicle became damaged.

Investigators matched the car with plastic and windshield fragments recovered at the scene of the crash.

The day of the crash, Adekanmbi was charged with two counts of felony hit-and-run causing serious injury or death and one count of driving with a revoked license.

Three days later, police arrested him at an attorney’s office and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon.

Investigators filed the murder charge after going over the case with the Wake County District Attorney’s office, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

Adekanmbi was charged under a statute that states: “The malice necessary to prove second-degree murder is based on an inherently dangerous act or omission, done in such a reckless and wanton manner as to manifest a mind utterly without regard for human life and social duty and deliberately bent on mischief.”

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