A Cary man pleaded guilty in Wake County Superior Court on Friday to involuntary manslaughter and felony hit-and-run in the June 2013 wreck that ended the life of a Cary teen and injured another.
Adetoye Adekanmbi, 36, entered his plea nearly three years after Natalie Chidlaw was struck in a Hillsborough Street crosswalk by the Volkswagen he was driving shortly after midnight on June 15, 2013. Meghan Clark, who was with Chidlaw and was a close friend of hers in high school, also was injured, suffering a broken pelvis and nose, as well as torn ligaments.
Chidlaw, a 2012 graduate of Holly Springs High School who was born in Champaign, Ill., died at the crash scene.
Never miss a local story.
Adekanmbi was initially charged with one count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, two counts of hit-and-run and driving while his license was revoked. Prosecutors eventually charged him with second-degree murder.
In the plea arrangement worked out with prosecutors, Adekanmbi was sentenced to 40 to 66 months in prison with 18 months of probation and will get credit for the time he has been imprisoned since his arrest in 2013.
Adekanmbi fled the scene, but with a description of the dark Volkswagen he was driving, investigators found him 12 hours later and arrested him.
Investigators who reconstructed the accident estimated that Adekanmbi had been going at least 10 miles per hour over the speed limit along Hillsborough Street near Dixie Trail.
Investigators also said his blood-alcohol content measured 0.05 after his arrest, leading them to speculate it was nearly four times that at the time of the crash.