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Arrest Made in Garner Hit-and-Run That Killed Siblings

Posted January 12, 2008
Updated January 14, 2008

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— Police have filed second-degree murder charges against a man they believe intentionally caused a fatal hit-and-run accident.

Clayton police arrested Victoriano Thomas Layon, of 779 Oliva Way in Selma, early Saturday morning. 

Siblings Wanda Altman, 52, of Clayton, and Daris Hancock, 49, of Star, were killed in the hit-and-run at the intersection of U.S. 70 and White Oak Road shortly after 6:30 p.m. Friday, police said.

“My mom was there every day of my life. When I was good. When I was bad, she still had my corner. Making a mistake, or not making a mistake. I have to say she's the single strongest woman I've ever seen in my life,” said Lance Nooe, Altman's son.

The siblings were traveling to visit Nooe when the crash happened.

“I called once. She didn't call back. I figured maybe she just lost track of time and was with a friend. I just wasn't thinking anything like that would ever happen,” he said.

Nooe's father was also killed in a vehicle crash in 2005.

Officials did not say why they thought Layon, 36, intentionally caused the accident. It was unclear whether alcohol or drugs were involved, the accident report indicated.

"There is no reason to believe at this point that the suspect knew the victims, but investigators believe the suspect intentionally caused the accident," Sgt. Joe Binns, with the Garner police, said in a release.

The siblings were riding in a 1995 Ford Taurus. They stopped behind a 2006 Volkswagen sedan at a traffic light in the eastbound lanes of the intersection.

Layon approached the cars in the same lane and rear-ended the Ford Taurus at 45 mph, according to the police report. The collision pushed the Taurus and Volkswagen through the intersection for distances of 156 feet and 254 feet, respectively.

Four other people suffered minor injuries in the wreck, police said. A woman and two children in Layon's vehicle and Gladys Lee, the driver of a third vehicle, were taken to WakeMed with non-life-threatening injuries.

WRAL spoke Saturday afternoon with Lee. She is at home recovering. She said she blacked out during the crash and doesn't remember anything after that.

Garner police, state troopers and Wake County sheriff's deputies searched for Layon throughout Friday night after he allegedly ran from the accident scene. A K-9 team and the state Highway Patrol helicopter aided in the search.

Layon was found Saturday walking down U.S. Highway 70 at Enterprise Drive, officers said. An ambulance was called to the scene, because he appeared to be disoriented.

Layon was transferred to the Garner Police Department, where he was interviewed and charged. He appeared before a Wake County magistrate Saturday, but bond was not set. He is scheduled to appear in court again Monday.

Eastbound U.S. 70 was shut down for more than five hours, and the intersection was blocked to traffic, police said. Debris was scattered for more than 200 feet around the area.

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  • Titus Pullo Jan 14, 2008

    Hit and run. What a coward.

  • ladyblue Jan 13, 2008

    I have to agree with posters that for 45 MPH that is a lot of damage to the Ford. I think also if the police are going to charge someone with murder then they need to tell how they came to that conclusion. They coould say that road rage was involved or that they had flipped the bird earlier or something. To charge him means they investigated enough to feel this is the case so let us know how that concllusion was reached. My heart does also go out to the victims in this trajedy.

  • All child molesters should die Jan 13, 2008

    Police have filed second-degree murder charges against a man they believe intentionally caused a fatal hit-and-run accident.

    Terrible story. If this man is found guilty, the very least he deserves is life in prison with no chance, ever, of parole!!

  • msudawg Jan 13, 2008

    What a piece of garbage! You slam into the back of a car and kill 2 people and then get out of your car and leave your wife and children at the scene of a horrific accident that you caused. For those of you thinking he is an illegal I seriously doubt it, he owns a home in a very nice neighborhood just outside of Clayton. I feel bad for his wife and kids but this guy needs to spend the rest of his life behind bars.

  • North Carolina Native Jan 13, 2008

    I agree 45 mph doesn't seem like it would be as bad as to cause 2 deaths..... unless they weren't buckled in .

  • WRALSUCKS Jan 13, 2008

    "Could this be a case of some type of road rage?"

    Ya think?

  • Made In USA Jan 13, 2008

    Could this be a case of some type of road rage?

  • childfreeinrdu Jan 13, 2008

    45 mph??? Geez, remind me to never buy a Ford Taurus. I saw a Honda Civic that had been in a 55 mph wreck, and it looked better than that. And the occupants survived, too.

  • bobdillin123789 Jan 13, 2008

    he hit that car going alot faster than 45. either was i hope he rots in hell

  • Emerald Jan 13, 2008

    This is so sad. I could have been at that intersection. My prayers go out to the families. God Bless

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