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Arrest made in Southern Pines hit-and-run

Posted December 3, 2008
Updated December 4, 2008

— A woman was charged with felony hit-and-run after a bicyclist was struck in Southern Pines, police said.

Officers were dispatched to a call of a bicyclist struck on U.S. Highway 1, near Henson Street, at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. The bicyclist was transported by ambulance to First Health-Moore Regional Hospital and then to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

Moises Cortes Garcia, 41, of Southern Pines, was pronounced dead at 7:30 a.m., police said.

Officers later received information that led to the identification of a suspect vehicle and driver. They arrested Tracye Skipper Abrams, 30, of Foxfire, and charged her with felony hit-and-run. She was released from jail on a $5,000 unsecured bond.

Police said they haven't determined whether alcohol or speed were factors in the wreck, which remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Southern Pines Police Department at 910-692-2732.


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  • TStills Dec 4, 2008

    Im not really joking about this "situration" Mr/Ms akennedy4. I find it more than a little troubling that the bond was only $5k...

  • SouthernbelleNC Dec 4, 2008

    Don't judge, that's what God is for!! My heart goes out to both families. This is not a situration anyone would what to be in, and surely not a situration to crack jokes about Mr Mike!! May God Bless these 2 families and help them thru there pain.

  • TStills Dec 4, 2008

    Huh? The Skipper essentially kills somebody, then gets out on a measly $5k bond!? Who set that bail? Gilligan?