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Man gets prison time for wreck that killed waitress

Posted June 1, 2010

— A man was sentenced Tuesday to prison for a May 2009 wreck that killed a popular Waffle House waitress.

Chad Rodman, 38, pleaded guilty to felony death by motor vehicle and was sentenced to 20 to 33 months in prison.

Betty Mathis Moody, 76, was killed May 13, 2009, on U.S. Highway 401 in Wake Forest when Rodman's car crossed the center line and collided with her van.

According to testimony at Tuesday's court hearing, Rodman was taking eight medications for pain and depression, and he had taken some of those medications on the morning of the fatal wreck.

Moody worked the overnight shift at the Waffle House on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh for 28 years and was known to customers as Ms. Betty. She was on her way home to Warrenton at the time of the wreck.


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  • 4Just-ice2 Jun 3, 2010

    IN NC you get DUI for taking prescription medications like Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Flexerol, and any other pain relief medication. While alcohol has a legal limit there is no legal limit for meds. You could be taking the lowest dosage and still be charged. Remember we only know what the news reports and it never includes all details. My thoughts are with both families as each will be and have been enduring difficult times and life changes.

  • jelsma1990 Jun 2, 2010

    well first of all how do you guys know the situation of what was all going on? You dont! and two i know this guy did not do it on purpose he is so sorry about what he did you can tell. So who are the hateful comments about him and his family benefiting? Do t=you guys write them so you look big and bad do you not know that this man has a wife and kids that can read these? How do you think they feel to here the stuff you guys say its rediculous that people can be this rude not knowing all the situations if it was your family member or friend in this position im sure you would not be leaving hatefull comments like this wwould you? I feel real bad for the family who lost a love one but i think the hateful comments being said when you dont know all that is going on is rediculous so stop for a second and think why are you really doing this?

  • mesb2107 Jun 1, 2010

    Sad day..back in the day early 90's.. we use to wait to sit at Betty's table. She was was always smiling!

  • travissrt Jun 1, 2010

    Estrauch, You never know. These days the defense attorneys have made DWI prosecution so complicated it's silly. They raise every possible argument in order to get their client found not guilty. Any small mistake in the officers paperwork/testimony could result in a dismissal/not guilty on the DWI then the charge would have to be downgraded to Misdemeanor death by MV (which carries a maximum sentence of 1 year). Trust me, it's a gamble with a trial no matter what the circumstances or the charge. Jury's are made up of people just like many of the posters on this site. Many of them don't care for the police or the judicial system and are perfectly happy letting a guilty person go free just to spite the system.

  • wildcat Jun 1, 2010

    No matter, he is still going to spend some time in prison. That will be his wake up call. Family and so-cal friends can visit and write him.

  • wildcat Jun 1, 2010

    Why would he get behind the wheel of a car knowing he was taking that much medication ?

    The same as anyone that think they can handle it after drinking alcohol to the excess. And yet, they continue to complain about cigarette smoking. Please. Oh, well maybe some of you will see the dangers of drinking alcohol one day. I hope it will not be too late for you.

  • UPTOP Jun 1, 2010

    Why would he get behind the wheel of a car knowing he was taking that much medication ? That's like getting drunk at the bar, than getting in his car !!

  • knbwz Jun 1, 2010

    @mrr03, so sad but very true!

  • wildcat Jun 1, 2010

    Justice system continue to work. Now he will have time to think about his wrong.

  • estrauch Jun 1, 2010

    That "light" sentence was the result of a plea arrangement. The plea deal had to be signed off on by the victim's family before the Wake Co DA's office would allow it to come to fruition. Deals like this are made all the time, and one major reason is to spare the family from having to relive the death of a loved one as the gory details are flaunted at trial. Also this ensures a conviction, whereas a trial is a gamble at best.

    I would have relived every single second of the accident in court to make sure that maximum sentence was given. My loved one would have been worth every second to make sure the driver got what he deserved! And in this case, I don't think anyone would have questioned that he was GUILTY!