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State Senate Scheduled To Vote On 'Stephen Gates' Law Wednesday

Posted June 21, 2005

— State senators are expected to vote Wednesday on

a bill

making it a serious crime for a driver and passenger to switch places after an accident.

The bill was inspired by the death of UNC sports radio reporter Stephen Gates who was killed in 2003 while changing a tire on Interstate 40.

Police say Emily Caveness hit Gates, then switched places with her passenger Rabah Samara, who drove away.

Caveness pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and received community service. Samara was cleared of a more serious hit-and-run charge.


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