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Former N.C. State football player killed in crash

Posted August 16, 2009

— A former N.C. State University football player was killed Sunday in a wreck at 11400 N. Tryon St. in Charlotte, according to a police report.

The wreck happened just before 1 a.m. as a Honda was attempting a left turn onto Salome Church Road from North Tryon. The front right corner of a Chevrolet Camaro, was traveling at least 80-100 mph, struck the passenger side of the Honda, police said.

Honda passenger Edrick Smith, 29, a former football player at N.C. State, was transported to Carolinas Medical Center where he died, police said. Barry Tyrone Pace, 31, also passenger in the Honda, and driver, Hakeem Ward Holloway, 30, were both hospitalized, police said.

Camaro driver Hugo Fernando Rosillo, 30, fled the scene on foot after the collision, according to the police report.

With the help of a helicopter and a K-9 unit, police arrested Rosillo a short time later.  He was charged with drunken driving, felony hit and run and second-degree murder, police said.

Rosillo was being held Sunday in the Mecklenburg County Jail without bond.

Smith started playing for the Wolfpack in 1998. He set a record for tackling during his freshmen year.


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  • NCStatePack Aug 17, 2009

    Wow. Looks like the camaro was a brand new one, so I doubt he was illegal, and he probably did have insurance on it. Another terrible crash and death due to alchohol.

  • ThatsWhatIThought Aug 17, 2009

    Wow, the pics of the car almost make me sick to my stomach. I hope he didn't have to endure any pain and went quickly.


  • someone else Aug 17, 2009

    Racial profiling is not illegal. What is illegal is stopping someone without reasonable suspicion. Thus, a cop could theoretically only look out for any particular race and observe them until the cop gets enough reasonable suspicion to stop them. That would be legal racial profiling. Illegal racial profiling occurs when you stop/search people based solely on their race and in the absence of reasonable suspicion. Thus, a cop could legally only look out for and observe Hispanics, but would not be allowed to legally stop/search them until the cop had reasonable suspicion that the individual stopped has committed, is committing, or is about to commit a crime. Reasonable suspicion is a lower standard than the usual probable cause required to arrest someone without a warrant. I.e. reasonable suspicion is not a difficult burden to overcome, and racial profiling of the illegal variety happens all the time because all the cop has to say was that the driver crossed over the traffic line.

  • shawna Aug 17, 2009

    mwilliams222....Methinks your liberalism is clouding your judgment. Maybe WRAL wont censor this comment. This Golo is getting like Pravda.

  • Doddlebug12 Aug 17, 2009

    My heart goes out to his friends and family, though I did not know him , he worked for the same company I do....I have heard was that he was a wonderful person and he has touch so many people here...and he will be missed tremendously by all who knew him.

  • restless native Aug 17, 2009

    And Mr.Rosillo probably didn't have insurance, proper registration or a drivers license either! How much do you want to bet???

  • treasure Aug 17, 2009

    I could be wrong, mwilliams222, but observation and experience tell me I'm probably correct. We'll see. No need for name calling.

  • mwilliams2 Aug 17, 2009

    "by a drunk driver who probably is here in violation of our laws"

    So tell us, "treasure," where in the story do you get the idea that he was here in violation of our laws, since it's not mentioned? Or is it just because he has a Hispanic name? Not all Hispanics are here illegally. In fact, most of them are legal residents or citizens of our country. Many Hispanics are serving in our military, fighting our wars for YOUR freedom. Your comments are ignorant and racist, and a perfect example of what is wrong with our country!

  • popielm Aug 17, 2009

    I work in the industry where this type of accident happens daily BUT that does not make it easier when it hits home!!!! It is NOT about what type of car it was or what race the people involved are because it is about a senseless tradegy that DID NOT have to happen!! IT IS ABOUT EDUCATING PEOPLE ON DRINKING AND DRIVING!!! So please, refrain from commenting on the person what caused this accident and comment on what we can do to change this and comment on what the world has lost!!!

    I can assure everyone that if the roles were reversed, Edrick would be saying the same thing. I have had the opportunity to know Edrick for many years and am heart broken of this senseless act. He was a wonderful husband, father, brother, son, uncle and not to say the least...friend and co-worker. May you rest in Peace Edrick..."Boy, BYE".

  • Reader Aug 17, 2009

    Is it profiling when the coach makes every team memeber run sprints because one player broke a team rule? Race is not the only way to target peers, but some Hispanic peer pressure might help curb this excessive drinking and driving behavior. The responsible peers need to be motivated somehow to police their own.