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Raleigh Teen Injured In Hit-And-Run

Posted May 12, 2003

— A Raleigh teenager is recovering following a hit and run accident Saturday.

Eighteen-year-old Christopher Richards' father said his son was riding his bike to a job interview when the accident happened Saturday morning.

Police said traffic stopped at the intersection of Louisburg Road and Calvary Drive to let Richards through. But police said Vernon Alexander, 25, drove past the stopped vehicles, hit the bike, and kept going.

Police arrested Alexander Saturday afternoon. He was charged with felony hit-and-run and driving with a suspended license. He is being held in the Wake County Jail on a $80,000 secured bond.

Another man also was arrested in connection with the case. Josefuon Onez Jones, 25, was charged with filing a false police report by claiming his car was stolen and allowing an unlicensed driver to use his vehicle. Jones was released on a $10,000 secured bond.

According to court records, Alexander has been convicted numerous times for driving with a suspended or revoked license and speeding.

A hit-and-run just a few hundred feet down the road claimed a teenage cyclist's life a few years ago. Jeremy Phelps, 16, was hit by a car as he tried to cross Louisburg Road on his bicycle in 1999.

Richards, who suffered a collapsed lung in addition to the leg injury, is listed in fair condition following surgery at WakeMed. A doctor said it could be months before it's known if Richards' leg will heal.


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