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Police: Missing Apex man killed in hit-and-run

Posted August 13, 2013
Updated August 14, 2013

— A body found along westbound Interstate 40/440 in Raleigh Tuesday afternoon has been identified as a missing Apex man, police said. The death of Weston Michael Vandemerwe, 23, is being investigated as a hit-and-run crash.

A work crew found the body near a guardrail along the highway, between Hammond Road and South Saunders Street, at about 4 p.m. At least 15 police officers from both Raleigh and Apex, as well as the City-County Bureau of Identification, responded to the scene before confirming it was Vandemerwe.

The ramp from Hammond Road and the right two lanes of the highway were closed for several hours, causing traffic backups in the area.

Vandemerwe left The Oxford bar on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, friends said. He and his girlfriend, Kaitlyn Holmes, argued outside the bar, and she got in a cab.

Holmes said she assumed Vandemerwe would also take a cab home. He had left his car at a friend's house in Cary.

Apex man's body found Body of missing Apex man found along I-40 in Raleigh

Vandemerwe's mother, Becky Daly, said two Shaw University students told her that they saw him lying on the ground outside the convention center early Saturday, but that he declined any help.

He was reported missing Sunday afternoon.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run crash is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for tips that help solve cases and callers never have to identify themselves.


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  • jscott13 Aug 14, 2013

    btneast...I hope that you never lose a son. Your insensitivity and that of others posting is appalling!! I, too, am sorry that I took the time to read these.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Aug 14, 2013

    Geez folks, what does it matter if the guy was drunk!?!

    He's dead, whoever hit him with their vehicle left him laying there like a dead possum and bolted, and those who loved him are grieving.

    Folks are grieving. That's the important part of the story.

  • shortcake53 Aug 14, 2013

    I hope cameras somehow caught a clue, but with 40 going coast to coast, its likely no one will be found.

  • Ven Aug 14, 2013

    I would hope the decisions made weren't of someone who WASN'T incapacitated in some way, drunk or high. I feel for the family and friends, but we have to stress accountability. MAYBE, he was hit while well on the shoulder of a highway, and the driver should be as accountable though you can argue he shouldn't had been there. It was a horrible price to pay for a bad decision many of us have made, and it doesn't mean he was a 'bad' person - here's hoping his family/friends remember all the positives attributes and times with him.

  • monami Aug 14, 2013

    Stop with the alcohol assumptions already! None of us was there. Some unidentified strangers say they saw him, and a second sighting was at a soup kitchen. Eye-witness statements are notoriously unreliable. We don't know anything factually other than the girlfriend saw him in front of the Oxord when she got in a cab. We don't KNOW any more details, other than he was found deceased near Hammond @ I-40, reportedly from police, from a hit-and-run incident.

    Enough with the horrid comments! This is a tragedy. Blessings to his loved ones...RIP Weston...

  • kikinc Aug 14, 2013

    I don't think anyone was calling Weston a drunk, just merely stating that earlier stories described him as inebriated. I can't speak for anyone else, but I'm not passing judgment. I'm not going to say I didn't go out and drink WAY too much when I was 23. I sure did. I made a lot of stupid decisions back then, and reading stories as tragic as this make me so thankful that I made it through those years unscathed.

  • blastamasta Aug 14, 2013

    This is a shot in the dark, but check out the links below. I found what looks like a camera w/ solar panel attached facing down at the Hammond Road exit on 40W that may have captured something. Google says the pics were taken April 2012, so maybe the camera is operational now and/or has changed angles, maybe not,but I figure it's worth a shot! (Sorry about all the adds on the tinypic links, but they host for free)

    Hammond Rd exit – Zoomed out (zoomed in spot circled): http://tinypic.com/r/hu4l11/5
    Hammond Rd exit – Zoomed in: http://tinypic.com/r/2qwlqip/5
    Hammond Rd - Street view 1 - solar panel for cam? - http://tinypic.com/r/10fz1ag/5
    Hammond Rd - Street view 2 - solar panel & possible cam at top - http://tinypic.com/r/2pt48qg/5
    Hammond Rd. Street view 3 -possible cam facing down at top ? - http://tinypic.com/r/2elz90x/5

  • Luv2Camp Aug 14, 2013

    Regardless of whether or not he was drinking, this young man made the same mistake that many of us have made in the past.

    Pray for his family and friends.

  • dbgoodyear2010 Aug 14, 2013

    Is this Saturday morning at 1:30 am or Saturday night after midnight (Sunday morning)

  • dbgoodyear2010 Aug 14, 2013

    kiki I looked at the previous stories on here and still don't see where he was drunk. Provide me with a specific story. Just because you argue outside a bar does not mean you were drunk.