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Man charged with DWI after pedestrian wreck

Posted August 3, 2008

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— State troopers charged a man with driving while impaired after a wreck in which his vehicle struck a girl Saturday night.

Troopers said Antonio Gracia Caderas was making a right-hand turn at Swift Creek Lane and Spring Garden Circle around 10 p.m. Caderas was going between 10 and 15 mph when his vehicle struck a girl, officials said.

The girl was transported to WakeMed, where she was listed in serious condition.

The wreck occurred in a mobile home park off Old Stage Road.

Caderas was charged with DWI, reckless driving and felony serious injury by vehicle. He was being held Sunday evening in the Wake County Jail on a $150,000 bond.

Troopers did not release the girl's name but said she was 7-years-old.

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  • Eduardo1 Aug 4, 2008

    hey does this drunk have any priors. was he just over the legal limit does he have a legal license, does he have insurance. I hate to profile by name, but is he legal? How is it known what speed he was traveling at?

  • NCGal Aug 4, 2008

    Shaneka Bennett, little 9-year-old girl, didn't live through the weekend. The drunk that killed her was also charged with revoked driver’s license, displaying a revoked license plate, expired registration and a couple more things.

    http://www.fayobserver.com/article?id=300974

  • oldschooltarheel Aug 4, 2008

    reckon he'll be mollycoddled too - poor guy was probably just rushing to work (same story different day) - NOT!
    NC legal system loves to selectively prosecute her drunks. The drunks unfettered by licenses or insurance seem to suffer the least. I have heard a female judge in Durham county rationalize property losses caused by such a drunk by stating the person who suffered the loss had "insurance to cover the loss" & so was attempting to avoid laying restitution or punitive damages on the drunk.
    The next thing out of her mouth was the issue of damage caused by the unlicensed drunk were "civil matters" not criminal - so she said.
    Judges refusing to drop the hammer on the drunks in this state would change their tunes if a few of their own were to get crippled, killed or suffer losses at the hands of these drunks. Gotta wonder what they are thinking when they mollycoddle drunks - especially repeat offenders.
    Judges, wanna give us a shout out about this one?

  • Coach K is GREAT Aug 4, 2008

    Ok, third attemp to post.

    If this guy IS illegal,and if this guy IS employed, they should go after his employer, the employer should be held somewhat responsible for this guy being in the U.S.

  • spartanpirate Aug 4, 2008

    We ought to live in KY. There you can get life sentences or the death penalty. Check out this website: http://knoxnews.com/news/2008/jul/31/andersonville-man-convicted-murder-crash/

    We need stiffer penalties for DWI's. Maybe this would deter some people from driving after drinking.

  • RonnieR Aug 4, 2008

    Errr, I think that was Barette, not Columbo. I'm a social drinker and the DUI laws are no problem, I just don't drive after drinking.

  • donnied1952 Aug 4, 2008

    Since WRAL did not state his immigration status, my guess is that he is another illegal that does not have drivers license in the first place and should not be on the road. I see many Hispanics on I-40 and I-85 driving well above the speed limit, I don't see them getting stopped and ticketed. Is that because the highway patrol doesn't want to get "involved" with the illegal immigrate status problem, so they turn their heads the other way? Or perhaps because they know that the ticket will never be paid, so they for those of us that the state can get money out of? Interesting questions for NC citizens to consider. How many have to die or be injured before we take this problem more seriously?

  • GetRight Aug 4, 2008

    Remember the days when Columbo was on? The theme song included the famous line, "don't do the crime if you can't do the time."

    Therein lies the problem. DUI laws may be very inconvenient for the social drinker but they still are not enough. We need some seriously tough laws, coupled with some well-done, effective public education and consistent enforcement of any infractions if we even hope to see a change.

  • BuglessDuster Aug 4, 2008

    What is his immigration status? Yes liberals, it matters.

  • wralgolo Aug 4, 2008

    DUI/DWI has been getting serious here. Something's gotta be done about it. A couple things though. What would a 7-yr old be doing out on the street at 10PM. If she was out with her parents, how could they not prevent this from happening while he was driving only 10 to 15mph? Not to take the blame away. Just trying to understand the circumstance and how to prevent it from happening.

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