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Man dies fleeing Fuquay-Varina officer

Posted December 30, 2009

— A man fleeing Fuquay-Varina police last weekend died when he lost control of his vehicle and hit a tree, police said Wednesday.

Police stopped Aaron Lameak Hester-Bay, 20, at about 10 p.m. Saturday for driving 86 mph on North Main Street, police said. As an officer approached Hester-Bay's 2002 Mercedes Benz at an Exxon station on the corner of U.S. Highway 401 and Hilltop Road, Hester-Bay drove off at a high rate of speed, police said.

The officer jumped back into his patrol car and attempted to follow Hester-Bay, but he lost sight of the Mercedes on Hilltop Road, police said. The officer continued south on the road and came upon the wrecked Mercedes, which had run off a curve in the road and hit a tree.

Hester-Bay was transported to WakeMed in Raleigh, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The state Highway Patrol is investigating the wreck.


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  • Redneck Fun Dec 31, 2009

    superk: I was only kidding!! I was making fun of the cop bashing on here. What I said was stupid, and that is exactly the kind of stupid comments made on here by cop-bashers. Just thought I would help them get started. LOL

  • wake_up_jeff_0 Dec 30, 2009

    WOW...so because he ran from the police he deserved to die!

  • withnailharrison Dec 30, 2009

    hey lovesomegolo,
    please try to understand the difference between folks who criticize high-speed chases and cop-haters. there's a big difference. i personally don't like to see unnecessary high speed chases result in collateral civilian damage (there are other ways to catch the bad guys). that don't mean i'm a cop-hater. i like cops, they do lots of good and keep our society straight. dig?

  • k9sandQtrs Dec 30, 2009

    wow... wonder if he made it as far as the RR crossing on Hilltop - at ~80mph, he would have gone airborn!

  • superk Dec 30, 2009

    OK, Redneck Fun. The article states the officer had to get back into his car. That was when the male took off at a high rate of speed. Sounds like he was "running" without the law chasing him at the time of his wreck. The officer should not be fired!!

  • Redneck Fun Dec 30, 2009

    In all seriousness, my prayers go to his family and friends. Sad to see someone lose their life @ 20yrs old. I hope others learn from his death!!

  • Redneck Fun Dec 30, 2009

    Let me help leo-nc:

    You know the police did not stop chasing him, and never lost site of him!! He was chasing him for a minor traffic violation? Come on!! This officer should be fired and charged with manslaughter!!

    Hope this helps. LOL

  • dare107 Dec 30, 2009

    Concluesion!!!!! don't run from the Police!

  • racercdd Dec 30, 2009

    follow– verb 1. to come after in sequence, order of time, etc.: The speech follows the dinner.

    chase– verb 1. to pursue in order to seize, overtake, etc.: The police officer chased the thief.

  • MadBiker Dec 30, 2009

    Won't run from the police again...