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Man arrested in fatal Raleigh hit-and-run

Posted November 9, 2015

Caesar Leake

A Knightdale man was arrested Monday in the Oct. 29 hit-and-run death of a Raleigh man on Poole Road.

Caesar Leake, 47, of 1033 Spawn Place, faced charges of felony hit-and-run, aggravated death by motor vehicle, and driving while impaired in the death of Terrance Rayshone Faison, 23. According to the arrest warrant, Leake unintentionally caused Faison’s death while driving under the influence.

Leake was previously convicted of driving while impaired in Raleigh in 2009.

Authorities said that Faison was hit just before midnight on Oct. 29 while he was walking home. His mother said that he had taken the bus home from his job at Crabtree Valley Mall and had called her to pick him up, but she was asleep and did not answer. Faison’s body was found by a neighbor the following morning, along with pieces of Leake's vehicle.

Leake, who was arrested by a State Highway Patrol officer Monday, was also charged with insurance fraud in connection to the incident. The warrant stated that Leake instructed his wife to give a false statement to their insurance company, saying that she hit a deer.

Leake appeared before a magistrate Monday afternoon and was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon. Leake's bond was set at $351,000.


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  • Ray Rivera Nov 10, 2015
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    Royal M Taft was killed in 2006 in Connecticut under similar circumstances. The person that hit and killed him was charged with 1st degree Manslaughter and pled guilty to that charge, subsequently received 30 years suspended after 14 years. Royal would have graduated from high school this year. Royal is my grandson and no matter how long ago, it seems like yesterday. Our condolences go out to the family of Terrance Rayshone Faison. May God give you the comfort and peace that you seek and may the soul of Terrance Rayshone Faison rest in peace.

  • Tyrone Biggum Nov 10, 2015
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    So you're saying insurance companies shouldn't have to turn over claims to law enforcement who is investigating a crime? Laughable.

    And I guess you never stopped to think about witness testimony regarding the suspect's condition prior to and after the incident? His wife's testimony could be damning if she says he was obliterated and in shock/panic when he got home that night. The death by motor vehicle is far from an overcharge. It's just unfortunate that the DA couldn't get away with charging him with more. This guy deserves 20 years +.

  • Ray Lee Smythe Nov 10, 2015
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    I agree. The judicial system here is weak.

  • Roy Hinkley Nov 10, 2015
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    Since we don't have all the details of the investigation, it's premature to say this is overcharging and that they cannot prove the DWI.

    It could be overblown, or it could be that there is sufficient evidence to convict, only time, and a court of law, will tell.

  • Reggie Berryman Nov 10, 2015
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    Why can't we have stiffer penalties for Hit-And-Run, this happens way to often and the current punishment is a joke!

  • Ginny Pospisil Nov 10, 2015
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  • Brian Lancaster Nov 9, 2015
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    So... Did this event highlight another CSI fact that you shouldn't try to claim your recently damaged vehicle on insurance because they are in bed with the government and allow ALL police agencies to query their claims!?!

    I mean really how can you prove DWI with any level of accuracy 10 days post incident.

    I am so tired of seeing overcharging from all the DA's, and this one is no exception. In the end, this will be pleaded down to nothing more than hit and run with failure to render aide. 60 months suspended sentence. Done. Its so unfortunate that a life was lost, but thats the law.

    It's very well known that convictions are few and far between for those that drink and drive then hit someone and run, to be charged when their BAC is

  • Tyrone Biggum Nov 9, 2015
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    You can tell the suspect hasn't slept much since the incident. Good. I hope this haunts him for the rest of his life.

  • Steve Faulkner Nov 9, 2015
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    Why isn't the wife charged with insurance fraud?

  • Jacob Smith Nov 9, 2015
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    So very sad to look at that guy's picture - a strong and handsome young man just cut down in the prime of his life by a DUI driver who cut and ran instead of at least trying to render aid.

    A young man doing the best he could to make a living.

    What's the answer?... I don't think there is one.