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Fatal Hit-and-Run Suspect Apprehended

Posted August 2, 2007

— A man wanted in connection with a fatal hit-and-run in Garner last weekend was arrested Thursday at a Dunn hotel, police said.

Richard Anderson Smart Jr., 44, of Raleigh, is charged with second-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon, habitual drunken driving, felony speeding to elude arrest, misdemeanor hit-and run and driving with a revoked license.

Smart was arrested at a Holiday Inn Express in Dunn by members of the U.S. Marshal's Service Violent Fugitive Task Force and Garner police officers.

A driver fled a DWI checkpoint at Legend Road and U.S. Highway 401 early Sunday morning and led authorities on a chase on U.S. Highway 70. The car was going at about 100 mph when it hit a moped, authorities said.

Christopher Gonzalez-Guittierez, 25, of Raleigh, was killed, and Jesus Gonzales Orozoco, 25, was critically injured. Orozoco was in the intensive care unit at WakeMed Thursday.

The car struck another vehicle while trying to exit onto Vandora Springs Road, and the driver fled on foot after the car went down an embankment.

Smart has been convicted twice previously for driving drunk and had his license revoked in June, authorities said.


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  • flipit Aug 3, 2007

    READ HIS ARREST RECORDhttp://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/apps/offender/raw1?DOCNUM=0373741&OFNV3BS1=on&SEARCH=Search

  • whatelseisnew Aug 3, 2007

    Too bad it could not be first degree. He did not intend to do this, but he did this as a direct result of his decision to duck the roadblock. He should not see a free day outside of prison.

  • ToBar Aug 3, 2007

    His last name evidently doesn't anything....

  • fyiarp Aug 3, 2007

    To those who knew Ricky Smart, I know this may not mean anything but I'm really curious: I heard about his mother and sister, but what about his father?

    It's really sad that a person can do so much damage for so long and still be out there to continue doing what they do. This is why our society continues to go downhill. People don't respect human life anymore, much less the law. If they can get away with it, they will do it.

  • Sessy - Italiana Aug 3, 2007

    Anyones 1st DUI should be court ordered to use a breathalizer (spell check) in their vehicle..... suspend their license of course and maybe that MIGHT help eliminate horrible stories like this.

  • RAL-NATIVE Aug 3, 2007

    This guy grow up in the same neighborhood as me here in Raleigh. He went to the same elementary school and junior high school as I did. He was known as Ricky Smart. His name and trouble seemed to go hand and hand even back in elementary school. By the time we got to junior high school Ricky had long hair and was hanging out with groups of kids that drank beer, smoked and got high. He was a quiet guy that seemed to only feel comfortable when he was with that group. I don't believe he made it through high school. Most people go through stages in life where they try things or do something that was not smart. The majority of these people mature and grow to understand that these bad decisions are not right. I always had a feeling that this guy was never going to change. What a sad way to live your life and even sadder to destroy someone else's.

  • Brick Tamland Aug 3, 2007

    "Smart has been convicted twice previously for driving drunk and had his license revoked in June, authorities said."

    A lot of good that did.

  • Rhondagurl Aug 3, 2007

    Have known of this guy from as far back as 1990,he was a heavy drug user and heavy drinker back then,almost 20 years later he is still at it.His mom and sister have tried to help him on many occasions.He had a very non caring,go to hell attitude then,I guess that he never changed! I am sorry for his mother and sister,they were really nice ladies.You just can't help somone who doesn't want to help their self!

  • Warren G. Aug 3, 2007

    I think I heard he is being charged with second-degree murder. I hope this is true. This man needs to be locked away for a long time.

  • Adelinthe Aug 3, 2007

    "The court system in this State needs a major overhaul. These habitual offenders only get a slap on the hand and off they go."


    All crimes should be "Three Strikes and You're Out!"

    Praying for the loved ones of the victims, regardless of their race.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB