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Man charged in fatal hit-and-run

Posted June 15, 2013
Updated June 18, 2013

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— Raleigh police charged 33-year-old Adetoye Adekanmbi with causing the death of a young Cary woman early Saturday in a hit-and-run collision.

Police said Natalie Chidlaw and Meghan Clark, both 18, were crossing Hillsborough Street in Raleigh just before 1 a.m. when Adekanmbi hit them.

Chidlaw died. Clark was taken to WakeMed, where she was listed in good condition Saturday night.

Adekanmbi faces two counts of felony hit and run causing bodily injury or death and driving while his license was revoked. He was being held at the Wake County Detention Center.

Police found Adekanmbi's Volkswagen sedan in the 100 block of Chalfont Drive in Cary a little more than 12 hours after the crash. 

hit-and-run on Hillsborough Street 2 teens hit, 1 teen killed in hit-and-run crash

Witnesses and family members were shaken by Chidlaw's sudden, tragic death.

Will Talbot heard the impact from about a block away and rushed to the scene. 

"It sounded like a cannon almost. You knew something heavy had happened," he said. "You only hoped for the best when you got there, but when you got there it was like, no. She was out."

June Adamio, Chidlaw's aunt said her niece had a big heart. 

"She loved working with animals, and she loved working with children. She went to the Dominican Republic last summer for a mission trip," Adamio said. 

Adamio said the her niece and Clark were high school classmates and good friends.

"She went out of this life how she did everyday. Spending time with friends and family, those she loved the most," Adamio said. 

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  • monami Jun 17, 2013

    He left the scene after smashing into two pedestrians. He never came forward; the cops found him.

    Was he drunk? We don't know. And since he left the scene he got out of being subjected to a blow test...so, my money is on drunk. For the 2009 DWI, he got his license revoked and probation. See how effective our legal system penalties are?

    Throw the book at him. And if he's here on a non-resident visa, deport him after he serves his time. He had one chance. He blew it and now he has killed a young woman. He doesn't deserve any more privileges. What a selfish coward.

    I am so glad to read that people immediately ran to the aide of Meghan and Natalie....

  • Raleigh Joe Jun 17, 2013

    LocalYokel: I feel sorry for you. You always post negative comments about RPD and fail to see the fact that the suspect is ultimately responsible for his actions. RPD did a great job and solved the crime in a matter of hours. Look at other cities our size and compare crime clearance rates. I get that you probably hate cops for some selfish reason, but RPD does a great job clearing cases.

  • UpChuck Jun 17, 2013

    "First let me say that you should go back and read the story two or three more times.. Then maybe you'll see where the girl that was killed was a student at NC State.."

    Didn't see that in the article although it did state she was from Cary.

  • Scubagirl Jun 17, 2013

    "Yes you are and you are down playing what happened this isn't about some one who jaywalked and got hit this was someone who got hit by a drunk driver who then fled the scene because he knew he committed a crime. YOU are operating a 3 ton killing machine YOU should be the vigilant one not the people WALKING across the street. 1981"

    NO, I'm NOT! but you won't see that no matter what. guess you're one of those who just walks into a crosswalk without looking. I happen to pay VERY CLOSE attention because I know the 'self-entitled' ones don't and I've never hit anyone or anything in quite a few years of driving.

  • jenjengirl89 Jun 17, 2013

    "1981 I'm sorry I must have missed the part in the story that says he was drunk because I would doubt you lecturing someone about their wrong conclusion by your own opinion means you didn't just make up your own wrong conclusions in the same comment"

    Well, if he wasn't drunk, he must be as dumb as a stump then.

  • torchhappysean Jun 17, 2013

    I think torchhappy has a great gift, the ability to look at a mugshot and determines one's worth to society....Ven.... Are you serious? First let me say that you should go back and read the story two or three more times.. Then maybe you'll see where the girl that was killed was a student at NC State.. That means she was doing something with her life other than just being a burden on society. Second about the gentleman that was arrested. I seriously doubt that this is his first run in with the law and as I said in my previous statement he doesn't look in his mugshot above like he regrets killing someone, just mad he got caught. Driving with no license and leaving the scene after killing someone. Does that seem like a productive member of society to you? Now with that said it seems like you have no compassion for the victim or outrage about the inadequate punishment that will ultimately be given for this crime. Well rest assured that I do.

  • jrfergerson Jun 17, 2013

    Wearing a suit, Adekanmbi appeared before the judge Monday morning - Yep, clean him up - throw a suit and a tie on him and let him back on the street - THAT IS THE NORM LATELY

  • jjsmith1973 Jun 17, 2013

    1981 I'm sorry I must have missed the part in the story that says he was drunk because I would doubt you lecturing someone about their wrong conclusion by your own opinion means you didn't just make up your own wrong conclusions in the same comment

  • Obamacare forever Jun 17, 2013

    Give him 25 years minimum and a permament suspension of his driver's license. When he gets out, he'll probably get behind the wheel again and kill someone else.

  • Ven Jun 17, 2013

    I think torchhappy has a great gift, the ability to look at a mugshot and determines one's worth to society, the person feelings and future, not to mention the victim's future and overall worth. He's guilty and should be punished but spare us the judgmental, metaphysical diatribe

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