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Hit-and-Run Suspect Charged With Second-Degree Murder

Posted March 3, 2008
Updated March 4, 2008

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— A Raleigh man, who police said was eluding an officer early Saturday when he hit another car and killed a man, was arrested and charged Monday afternoon with second-degree murder, police said.

Kenya Teveris Alston, 31, of 237 Big Oak St., surrendered to police around 5:30 p.m.. to face additional charges in the weekend collision that killed Matthew Paul Kraft, 21.

In addition to murder, Alston also faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon and felony hit-and-run, Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

According to a police report, Kraft was waiting to turn left on Proctor Road about 2 a.m. when Alston lost control of the car he was driving and crashed into the driver-side door of Kraft's car.

"He looked over at me and gave me like that cheesy middle school smile, and I just smiled back at him," said Kraft's girlfriend, Michelle Dixon, of moments before the collision. "And we were just like looking at each other for a couple of minutes, and then I looked away."

After the collision, Kraft's car traveled approximately 61 feet before coming to rest near Cross Link Road.

"I said, 'Oh my God. Matt, are you OK?' And he wasn't answering me, and he was kind of leaning on me,” Dixon said.

He died at WakeMed Sunday. Dixon wasn't seriously injured.

After hitting Kraft, Alston's car continued south on Rock Quarry Road for 238 feet before stopping upside-down. Sughrue said Alston had been pulled over earlier for a headlight violation on New Bern Avenue and that he was trying to elude police.

Police were looking for Alston at the time of the collision, but he was not being pursued Sughrue said. Alston tried to run from the scene, but police caught him, according to the police report.

He initially had been charged with driving while impaired and speeding and eluding arrest. He was out of jail on a $30,000 bond on those charges when he surrendered to police.

Kraft, who was originally from Pennsylvania, moved to Raleigh three years ago and was living with his brother.

He worked for nearly two years at Chili's restaurant on Kildaire Farm Road in Cary, where he trained waiters. He was known as a friendly and hard-working employee who wanted to become a manager.

Kraft's friends planned to hold a vigil for him there Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., but because of weather, it has been moved to Kirk of Kildaire church on High Meadow Drive. More than 50 people are expected to attend.

"How he made me feel, how he changed me as a person, (it) kind of turned my whole life around,” Dixon said of Kraft.

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  • Common Sense Man Mar 5, 2008

    "Apparently none of you know the law. Murder is the intentional infliction of death. No disrespect to the victim, but murder is a reach. See precedence where there are fatal victims in a chase, the charge is always vehicular manslaughter at most. I wonder if the officer feels any guilt for starting all of this with a pursuit based on a broken headlight. We need better laws about when to pursue and when not to pursue, a broken headlight is not worth a life. Let the barrage of comments commence!"

    First of all, you evidently don't know the law. Second, "a broken headlight is not worth a life" is correct, but it's not the officer's fault. He didn't pursue the driver b/c of his department's policy. Get a clue.

  • newtodurham Mar 4, 2008

    Apparently none of you know the law. Murder is the intentional infliction of death. No disrespect to the victim, but murder is a reach. See precedence where there are fatal victims in a chase, the charge is always vehicular manslaughter at most.
    I wonder if the officer feels any guilt for starting all of this with a pursuit based on a broken headlight. We need better laws about when to pursue and when not to pursue, a broken headlight is not worth a life. Let the barrage of comments commence!

  • Adelinthe Mar 4, 2008

    dillonrules4 - Please accept our condolences, and know that our prayers and thoughts are with your family.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Mar 4, 2008

    "He initially had been charged with driving while impaired and speeding and eluding arrest. He was out of jail on a $30,000 bond on those charges when he surrendered to police."

    Shouldn't have been left out to begin with - no one charged with driving while impaired should. They should be faced with remaining in jail until their trial. PERIOD!!!

    Now an innocent is dead.

    Praying for the victim's loved ones.

    Praying our justice system gets a clue about drunk drivers.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • dillonrules4 Mar 4, 2008

    matthew was a nice caring loving perosn. he was also very smart i new matthew he is my cousin and nothing is going to bring my cousin back but i hope alston pays the price. none of us seen it coming just one day he is gone we all love you and miss you matt. R.I.P march 1 of 2008 wich is also my brothers birthday

  • dillonrules4 Mar 4, 2008

    ya that guy from the NY border happend to be my cousin. We all love you and miss u Matthew. We hope Alston gets what he deserves. My family and me also hope Alston gets lifetime in jai think about it my cousin was young yet he had his whole life a head of him. And it is not like Alsotn was a young man the did not no any better he was old enough to know better but did not obviously he been in trouble before. We all love you down here in NY love always Matthew P Kraft.

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  • Common Sense Man Mar 4, 2008

    "If the police had chased him and he had killed someone, people would be blaming them for chasing this guy and keeping on chasing him until he killed someone. They would say it could have been prevented if he backed off. Since they chose not to chase him, now people are blaming them because they didn't chase him and someone got killed as a result. Either way, people would have been upset with the outcome of the RPD. An innocent boy is dead, not because of actions or reactions of the RPD, but of the foolish, selfish actions of one man who made terrible decisions and should be punished to the fullest."

    Agreed. I posted this before..... drunk guy kills two girls while police chasing him = over 1,000 posts. Drunk guy kills guy when police did not chase him = 75 posts. It's all about blaming the police.

  • beachbum1 Mar 4, 2008

    The kid was from Sayre PA, it's a small town near the NY border. I just read about it in a local news there. http://www.wbng.com/news/local/16203032.html put this guy away for GOOD!

  • fyiarp Mar 4, 2008

    Life is fragile. Cherish every day.

  • Run_Forrest_Run Mar 4, 2008

    http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/apps/offender/offend1?DOCNUM=0006384&SENTENCEINFO=yes&SHOWPHOTO=no&numtimesin=1

    seems we're moving up in the world. From B&E and receiving stolen property to 2nd degree murder. The LEOs are not responsible for this....It is the criminals fault...all his fault...and it's obvious by the expression on his face - that he thinks HE (Kenya) was wronged. Waste of carbon.

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