A couple charged with the hit-and-run death of a young Marine on Glenwood Avenue last month drove away and then fled on foot separately, according to a series of search warrants made public Monday.
Investigators think the suspects used their mobile phones to coordinate a meeting place where someone picked them up and drove them away from the crash.
The accident happened shortly before 10 p.m. on Friday, June 26, on Glenwood Avenue near Brier Creek.
Nathan Scott Bizzell, 20, of Camp Lejeune had been involved in a crash and had gotten out of his 2012 Ford sedan to check the damage and the other driver. He was struck by a 2006 Honda sedan and another vehicle and later pronounced dead at the scene.
The day after the crash, investigators charged Joseph Nicholas Passalinqua Jr., 32, of Raleigh with driving while impaired and felony hit-and-run involving a death. Police charged Kathleen Ann Capece, also 32 and from Raleigh, with aiding and abetting a felony hit-and-run involving a death.
Four search warrant applications made public Monday indicate that Passalinqua was driving the Honda while Capece, the registered owner of the car, was in the front passenger seat.
The Honda was traveling in the westbound lanes of Glenwood Avenue where it collided with the rear end of the Ford. Bizzell, standing alongside the Ford, was also struck and thrown to the ground, then apparently struck again by a second vehicle, according to the search warrant.
“It is unknown if he died as a result of this impact or the impact of a second vehicle that came through minute(s) later,” C.A. Bradford, a senior officer, wrote in the search warrant.
Investigators have accused Passalinqua of continuing to drive nearly 500 feet after Bizzell was struck. But the Honda was disabled as a consequence of the collision, and Passalinqua pulled the car on the side of the road, Bradford said in the warrant.
Police say the driver and passenger got out of the car and went in separate directions. In addition to using their cellphones “to coordinate a meeting location,” Capece used her mobile phone to call someone who picked them up and drove them to the apartment they shared on Green Lantern Street in North Raleigh, according to the search warrant.
Passalinqua admitted to police that he used his mobile phone’s global positioning system “to help navigate when the collision occurred,” Bradford stated in the warrant.
Officers obtained the search warrants to analyze data from the mobile phones of Capece and Passalinqua, along with two people Capece talked with after she fled on foot, the warrant said.
Police arrested Passalinqua and Capece hours after the crash on June 27 and transported them to the Wake County jail. They were both released after posting bond.