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Decision on Charges in Jogger's Death Could Be Next Week

Posted October 26, 2007

— Prosecutors will meet with Cary police next week to decide whether to charge a driver who hit and killed a jogger earlier this week.

They were expected to meet Friday, but discussions "will extend at least into next week," Town of Cary spokeswoman Susan Moran said.

Maria Ponce-Perez, 27, of Sweetspire Court, was struck from behind Tuesday afternoon near the intersection of Reedy Creek Road and Dynasty Drive. Police said the driver immediately stopped and contacted police and paramedics.

Ponce-Perez, a student at Wake Technical Community College and waitress at Brier Creek Country Club, was running with the flow of traffic, police said.

Investigators spent two days trying to identify Ponce-Perez and released a composite photo as part of their efforts. A fingerprint match by immigration officials helped police identify her.