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Woman Charged in Fatal Raleigh Hit-and-Run

Posted July 1, 2007
Updated July 2, 2007

— Raleigh police have charged a woman with murder in Sunday's hit-and-run after one of the victims died in the hospital.

Victoria Graham Goode, 55, of 1229 Bentley Lane, was charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, one count of assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill and one count of larceny, police said.

Goode's former roommate, Tanya Lynette Mattison, was retrieving property from the house on Bentley Lane when the incident occurred, police said.

Veronica Elaine Malone, 38, and a 15-year-old male, whose name has not been released, were helping Mattison move some of her items from the house, police said.

Goode returned to the residence and, using a vehicle she was driving, struck the driver’s door of a vehicle at the scene, injuring Malone, police said.

Goode then parked her vehicle and started a physical dispute, authorities said.

A short time later, Goode got back into her vehicle, drove down the street, turned around and returned to 1229 Bentley Lane. She hit Malone and the 15-year-old as she passed the address and fled the scene, police said.

Malone and the 15-year-old were transported to WakeMed, where Malone later died, authorities said. The young man suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Police apprehended Goode at 2805 Willow Ct. where she was taken into custody without further incident. The larceny charge against her relates to property that was owned by Mattison.

The investigation of the case is continuing, police said.

Neighbor Tarrie Mouzzon said she and her brother were outside when the hit-and-run occurred.

“We heard somebody scream, and a lady said somebody got hit and we tried to attend to the lady," she said.

Mouzzon said she ran into the street to help Malone and the young man when Goode then made a U-turn, came back down the street and hit Malone again.

“Next thing I know, I had to jump out of the way,” Mouzzon said. “She didn’t have no remorse or nothing.”


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  • mrsncguru Jul 2, 2007

    To Monica and Ms. Malone,

    As I sit here and write my comments, I'm reminded of all the days Monica, Veronica, and I (Wendy Clegg-Connor) and several others such as Audra, LaPonya, etc. played as kids at Lyons Park. It seems just like yesterday when life was so simple and free of hurt, pain, hatred. At that time (the simpler times), none of us knew what our mothers really meant when they reminded us that it was a cruel world ahead of us. Although I sit here in tears at the lost of a dear childhood friend, I cheerfully remember her fire, spirit, kindness, and support. If Veronica (and Monica) was your friend, you never stood alone. Rather always had them by your side. We (family and friends) have suffered a hugh loss, but I'm sure God is embracing her right now. All I pray for is God to wrap his arms around you (Monica) and you (Ms. Malone) to comfort you through this tough time...because Veronica is certainly taken care of now in that she is in a better place. Luv, Wendy

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Jul 2, 2007

    "She doesn't look like a mad murderer."

    So exactly how does a murderer look?

  • iamforjustice Jul 2, 2007

    I am pretty sure that this is not something that just happened. That lady was crazy from the start and I am pretty sure the victim saw the warning signs. Yes she is a pretty lady but looks are deceiving. She doesn't look like a mad murderer.

  • Historians 12th Jul 2, 2007

    I think the 15 year old was the child of the victim. I read the story in the paper this morning & I think that is what was stated.

    A very sad thing for a child to witness & get hurt too. Just a terrible tragedy. Domestic violence can come from any relationship. I had a friend I grew up with after he grew up he deciced he liked men instead of women and I would have never thought domestic violence ran so rampant with that lifesyle but after he was murdered by his partner we found out a lot thet we were ignorant to. They were both very nice people to everyone else & you would have never suspected it. A sad thing no matter who it is.

  • iamforjustice Jul 2, 2007

    This lady could be of Latin descent for all we know. She has very nice bone structure. If she would smile she would be a very pretty lady. Who did the 15 yo kid belong to?

  • Historians 12th Jul 2, 2007

    iamforjustice, it happens alot no matter what happens or who it is. Whoever you are & wherever you come from there will always be someone who see the negative even in a tragic situation.

  • iamforjustice Jul 2, 2007

    where did this GOLO come from? What the heck is it? Did not call U racist historian.

  • Historians 12th Jul 2, 2007


    The only conclusion I can come to is you thought my comment was racial, but it was not. It was in response to someone else's remarks about everyone making remarks about relationship orientation & color or race. My point was all of us posting did not run over anyone. It helps to make sure you understand a comment and not jump to conclusions before you attack someone. As I stated before I am not racist & it doesn't matter to me about someone's relationship preference. We are all God's children & pure race's of people no longer exist. We all descended from Adam & Eve in my opinion therefore we are all brothers & sisters and should act accordingly.

  • iamforjustice Jul 2, 2007

    historian....I still don't know when Latinos did not get sympathy when 1 of them died or whatever. That is a very sad assumption.

  • Seeminglyopposed Jul 2, 2007

    HIstorian, usually I take your comments pretty well, in this case it is too close to the heart. Yes, your opinions are your opinions, but until this woman herself can defend herself (can not happen) the other people that are speaking are only assuming. The other woman hasn't even opened her mouth to say anything, just her father. And unless he shared bedrooms, he don't know what really was the case. News will always be news, not just in this case but others, but they should really write what they know.