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Bond Denied for Suspect in Fatal Hit-and-Run

Posted January 14, 2008

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— A judge on Monday denied bond for a man accused of intentionally causing a wreck that killed two siblings Friday evening.

Victoriano Layon, 36, made his first court appearance on two counts of second-degree murder in connection with the fatal crash in Garner that killed Wanda Altman, 52, of Clayton, and Daris Hancock, 49, of Star.

Layon, who according to the Wake County Jail is on suicide watch, also asked for a public defender, saying he didn't have any money.

If convicted, he could face a maximum of more than 40 years on each charge, a judge said.

Police said Altman and Hancock were at the intersection of U.S. Highway 70 and White Oak Road shortly after 6:30 p.m. when Layon rear-ended at 45 mph the Ford Taurus in which they were traveling.

The collision then pushed the Taurus into a 2006 Volkswagen sedan, and both traveled through the intersection for distances of 156 feet and 254 feet, respectively.

Layon then ran from the scene, leaving behind his wife and two children, authorities said. Police found him walking down U.S. Highway 70 at Enterprise Drive Saturday morning.

They called an ambulance because he appeared to be disoriented

Authorities said what they learned from witnesses, including Layon’s family, makes them believe he caused the crash on purpose.

Denise Jackson, who witnessed the crash, also said she had no doubt it was intentional.

"The next thing I knew, he had T-boned the gray car in the side, and this car was crumbled," Jackson, who was on her way home from work when she witnessed the accident. "It was crumpled like paper."

"I want to know what was going on in the truck," she continued. "Why would you race on a busy highway, period? But you had children in the car with you."

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  • ncguy Jan 16, 2008

    What is his legal status?

  • djofraleigh Jan 14, 2008

    I challenge that the guy was going just 45, for that crash was excessive, and going 45 was not speeding, for that is the speed limit there.

  • jynski1 Jan 14, 2008

    You know, with everyone putting the blame on the police and DOT, all the safety barriers in the world will not stop someone from this kind of action.

  • Lady Justice Jan 14, 2008

    It might be a good idea for police to put in the extra effort for speed control. One little probelem, though. Since so many citizens do not want the police to speed to catch bad guys, it will be fruitless. There is no way the police can drive the speed limit to catch up to someone who is already speeding.

  • garnertoy Jan 14, 2008

    glad he didnt get bond

  • bomanicous Jan 14, 2008

    If this was intentional he should not only be charged with murder but also a count of attempted murder for each person involved in the wreck.

  • john283594 Jan 14, 2008

    Gulfwar Vet, believe me the Highway patrol sets up regularly at the exit ramps coming from Clayton on HWY 70 and the Garner Police's favorite trap is once you pass White Oak Crossing going into Garner.

    Speed is not the problem, maniac drivers are...

  • yhwhoverptah Jan 14, 2008

    Why haven't we found a way to manufacture all vehicles out of Nerf foam. That way, we would harmlessly bounce off each other, drunk or not. No more fatal accidents, only fun mis-adventures.

  • GulfWarVet Jan 14, 2008

    sure. I don't for a minute doubt this guy (driver extrodinaire) had a problem that day. I also agree that it was reprehensible that it was taken out upon or ended up causing the deaths of a couple of innocent people, and injuries to others.

    I am ALSO indicating that something more can be done to help protect folks on the roadways by the DOT and the LEOs responsible for this area (to include the hwy patrol as US-70 as all roads in NC are state roads... and do fall under their juristiciton).

    Just you come and watch speeders run thru that zone over the next few weeks and see what "shade" of blue lights pulls them over.

  • rbm631 Jan 14, 2008

    Why do some people always want to blame someone else for a criminals actions.. This is Garner city limit..not the responsibility of the Highway Patrol to set up "speed traps" which if they did then someone else would complain that they were conducting "speed traps" Can't win either way!! This is not a perfect world,stuff happens and when you realize this and start blaming the CRIMINALS we will all be better off!

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