Police early Thursday charged 26-year-old Amy Ellen Franklin of Cary with felony death by vehicle and driving while impaired in connection with a hit-and-run incident that killed a man with a bicycle on Western Boulevard late Wednesday.
Bryan Scott Goforth, 56, of Ashe Avenue in Raleigh was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Goforth grew up in Rockingham and attended N.C. State University, where he earned a degree in zoology. He had just celebrated a birthday Dec. 1, according to his Facebook page.
Police said the incident happened where Western meets Hillsborough Street at about 11:35 p.m. Franklin was going westbound on Western and had a green light when she hit Goforth, who was crossing in a crosswalk, and then drove off.
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A man who called 911 to report the incident said the car that hit Goforth hesitated a bit, “then just took off,” according to a recording of the call police released Thursday. Police estimate that Franklin was going 45 mph when she hit Goforth, though the 911 caller thought it was faster. “They hit him doing, like, 55,” he said. “It was fast.”
The 911 caller, whose name was not released, said at first he thought Goforth was riding a bike, but then concluded he was probably walking the bike across the road. He said it appeared Goforth died instantly.
Police stopped Franklin at Cross Link Drive and Hadley Drive a little more than an hour later, according to arrest records. Franklin lives about 12 miles from there, on Hyde Park Court, according to Wake County booking records.
She also was charged with the felony of leaving the scene of an accident that involved serious injury or death and was cited for texting while driving and having an open alcohol container in her car, police said.
Franklin was held Thursday in lieu of $505,000 bail and scheduled for a Friday court appearance.
Staff writer Thomasi McDonald contributed.