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Wake County couple charged in Virginia road-rage death

Posted October 13, 2011

— U.S. marshals arrested a couple in Wake Forest Tuesday in connection with a road-rage incident that killed a man in Richmond, Va., in September.

Raleigh police told WTVR News in Richmond, Va., that Christopher Michael Sessoms, 40, and Charity Eunice Dees, 31, were operating a truck matching the description of the one that killed Christopher Lee Fisher, 24, in Richmond on Sept. 22.

Richmond police said that the driver of a red pickup with a North Carolina license plate swerved along Interstate I95, then cut off Fisher's Honda Accord and slammed on the brakes. Fisher crashed into a concrete pillar underneath an overpass. He later died of his injuries.

Police characterized the incident as road rage. Virginia prosecutors said witnesses reported that the pickup driver had been acting aggressively toward Fisher before the wreck.

Sessoms and Dees were charged in Wake County as fugitives from justice in connection with a felonious hit and run.

Dees faces an additional charge of trafficking heroin. She is fighting extradition to Virginia and is being held in the Wake County jail under a $500,000 bond.

Sessoms was also charged with violating a protective order and two counts of failure to appear in court. He was transferred to the Onslow County jail Wednesday to face outstanding charges there, as well. He has decided not to fight extradition to Virginia.


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  • carolynhatcher2002 Oct 19, 2011

    None of u really know this couple they r the most loving gentle people u would ever know. They would never intentionally hurt anyone there r two sides to this not all what the press said is true

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Oct 18, 2011

    So a bunch of lawbreakers (speeders) are whining about the driving habits of other lawbreakers (left lane squatters). LOL

    George Carlin has a great skit about this. Anyone who drives slower than you is a donkey and anyone who drives faster than you is a maniac.

    If someone is illegally squatting in the left lane and they won’t move over for you, how is this any different than the left lane squatter wanting YOU to stop illegally speeding & tailgating?

    It’s like a bunch of prisoners arguing in jail over ethics. You’re BOTH guilty!

  • fishon Oct 14, 2011

    From the NC Drivers Handbook page 49

    Driving on Your Side of the Road
    The law requires you to drive on the right side of
    the road. Driving on the left side is legal only in
    some cases, such as on one-way streets and while
    passing. When you are moving slower than the
    posted speed limit on a multi-lane highway,
    drive in the extreme right lane unless you are passing, turning left or avoiding an obstruction.

    Following, page 51 Following too closely is a leading cause of traffic crashes. Maintain plenty of space between your vehicle and the one ahead. If the vehicle ahead stops suddenly, you will need time to react. On the open road, keep enough distance between you and the vehicle ahead so that a passing vehicle can safely move into and occupy the space. Remember to follow the “two-second rule.”

  • teklc Oct 14, 2011

    she was stupid to do anything to call attention to herself if she was carrying heroin.

  • wral5golo Oct 14, 2011

    @ Boingc, totally agree. And I'm a granny driver. I'd prefer not to be Dead Right, so I get out of the way. Same reason I don't ride a bicycle on a road with no shoulder. Being right in a coffin isn't my idea of 'winning'.

  • soyousay Oct 14, 2011

    Funny Virginia lawenforcement could find these bad folks but NC could not.

    got his tags at a toll booth, NC then did the rest

  • chevybelair57sd Oct 14, 2011

    Funny Virginia lawenforcement could find these bad folks but NC could not.

  • slayerhil Oct 13, 2011

    Some people do seem to like following too closely and stubbornly ride your rear bumper trying to bully you to move over even if you are already moving faster than the speed limit. I will not move over if I am in the center lane, so just keep being a follower and I'll continue to be your leader.

  • peplquitwhinin Oct 13, 2011

    Hey Silverflash, I got a news flash. 79 in a 70 is breaking the law so you may not be doing it for others, but you are still breaking the law. Nothing in the general statute gives you ten mph over.

  • Common Sense Man Oct 13, 2011

    Don't go to Florida, it's by far the worst state I've ever seen for left lane drivers.