Cary transportation director remains in critical condition after hit and run

Lori Cove, Cary’s transportation and facilities director
Lori Cove, Cary’s transportation and facilities director Courtesy of Town of Cary

A Wake County prosecutor told a district court judge Wednesday that bail should be increased for a Morrisville man who was charged with hitting two bicyclists Monday night.

Wake Assistant District Attorney Meredith Parris told District Court Judge Craig Croom that bail should be raised for Christopher Lee Moore because one of the victims, Lori Cove, the Town of Cary’s transportation and facilities director, is on life support.

Moore has been charged with two counts of felony hit-and-run.

Parris told Croom that Moore, 33, has a prior history of failing to appear in court.

But Croom decided not to raise Moore’s bail, saying that the $100,000 Moore needed to post to be released from custody is “already outside of bond guidelines.”

Police arrested Moore, 33, at his home on Page Street about 2:45 a.m. Tuesday, several hours after Cove, of Raleigh, and Virginia Davis of Cary were struck and taken to WakeMed hospital in Raleigh.

Cove, 48, who has worked for Cary since 2007, is listed in critical condition. Davis, 55, was listed in fair condition on Thursday.

Cove and Davis were with two other cyclists Monday evening riding east on High House Road between Maury Odell Place and Bond Park Drive, near Cary’s Bond Park, when they were hit about 6:45 p.m., according to the town.

Witnesses told investigators that a maroon SUV came up behind the four cyclists and “ran over” Cove and Davis at the rear of the group, according to the town. The other two were unhurt.

Cary staff and elected officials were shocked by the accident. Many town officials and department heads waited at the hospital Tuesday for updates on Cove’s condition while others shared words of support on social media.

Nine calls were made to 911 about the accident, according to recordings released by the Town of Cary. In one recording, a male caller said a man in a similar vehicle drove into his neighborhood “with a bicycle stuck to his windshield,” which was cracked.

“Now (the bike) is stuck at the bottom of our cul-de-sac,” the caller said. “He threw it out, and I said, ‘Is everything okay?’ and he said, ‘Yeah’ and took off ... Then he hit a mailbox and everything else when he was leaving.”

Another caller described Davis and Cove as “badly wounded” – one conscious with an injured leg and one semi-conscious.

The names of the callers were not released.

Cove, a Clemson University graduate, has spent more than 30 years in public service at the local, state and federal level, including at the N.C. Department of Transportation. She began her career in Cary as an associate engineering director and now oversees town facility planning, design and construction, including parks, sidewalks and greenways, buildings and streets.

Cove is an avid cyclist and runner and has participated in numerous local races and Ironman competitions, including two within the last month – one in Chattanooga, Tenn., and one in Barcelona.

The Town of Cary recently added bike sharrows, or a shared-lane marking, to part of High House Road and other Cary roads to improve bicycle safety. The lane markings are intended to encourage the safe passing of bicyclists by motorists and reduce the incidence of wrong-way cycling.

Thomasi McDonald contributed to this report.

Kathryn Trogdon: 919-460-2608: @KTrogdon