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Knightdale man pleads guilty to fatal hit-and-run, cover-up

Posted November 30, 2016

Caesar Leake

— A Knightdale man pleaded guilty Wednesday to running over and killing an aspiring musician a year ago and then trying to cover up the crime.

Caesar Leake, 48, of 1033 Spawn Place, was sentenced to 19 to 32 months in prison after pleading guilty to hit-and-run resulting in death and insurance fraud.

Terrance Rayshone Faison, 23, was walking along Poole Road on Oct. 29, 2015, heading home from a bus stop after getting off work, when he was hit by a passing SUV that didn't stop, police said. His body was found the next morning, along with pieces of the vehicle.

An anonymous tip helped the State Highway Patrol put Leake’s SUV at the scene and led to his arrest almost two weeks later.

Authorities said Leake encouraged his wife to cover up the crash by telling an insurance company that the SUV was damaged when she had hit a deer.


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  • Esther Lumsdon Nov 30, 2016
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    The driver had been charged with a 5th DUI in this crash. The DUI charge is not mentioned in the news article. Did he plead guilty to the DUI, or is he headed to trial, or was that charge dropped? Is his license going to be revoked?

  • Benjamin Kite Nov 30, 2016
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    We need setencing guidelines on HIT AND RUN, just like we need sentencing guidelines on DUI - when either of these crimes result in death or injuryy. For example the worst of the 4, which would warrant the stiffest penalties would be HIT and RUN + DUI resulting in death. The best case would be a negligent crash that result in death, but was not characterized by DUI or HIT AND RUN. The next two scenarios are DEBATABLE. Hit and Run without DUI, OR DUI without Hit and Run, with both resulting in death. I submit that DUI causing vehicular death without hit and run warrants a smaller sentence than a sober hit and run causing death. What I am trying to say is that FLEEING A DYING PERSON is worse for society than driving drunk but taking responsibility for one's actions. I admit fully that I do not know all the details of this crime, but my opinion is that 19-32 months is simply not enough time served for a HIT AND RUN DEATH. We need incentives not to run.

  • Catherine Edwards Nov 30, 2016
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    Totally irresponsible guy. If I was his wife I would divorce him. He asks her to report it as her accident. What a loser.

  • Rod Runner Nov 30, 2016
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    What an appropriate comment when discussing the death of an actual human being.

  • Betsey Duggins Nov 30, 2016
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    No winners. So sorry for the loss of a young citizen with upward inspiration. For the driver, may you have plenty of time to think about what you have done and never be allowed to drive again!

  • Janet Ghumri Nov 30, 2016
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    I think I saw some deer on Hwy 55 trying to get a protest started, but they ran when I got close. Be diligent when driving at night, they are everywhere.