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Bicyclist killed in wreck with suspected drunken driver

Posted August 16, 2008

— Police charged a motorist with driving while impaired after his vehicle struck and killed a bicyclist along Capital Boulevard Saturday morning.

Police said that Ernest Lee Moody Jr., 36, of Raleigh, was driving north on Capital, while Ronald Keith Saul, 38, of Raleigh, was riding a bike in the same direction around 7 a.m.

Moody's vehicle struck Saul's bicycle under the overpass of Interstate 540, officers said.

Medical workers declared Saul dead on arrival.

After the wreck, Moody continued to drive north on Capital, and then stopped on the side of the road near Gresham Lake Road, police said. He got out of the vehicle, along with his juvenile son, and walked north along the road, away from the scene of the wreck.

Moody faces charges of DWI, felony death by motor vehicle, felony hit-and-run and misdemeanor child neglect.

Several lanes of Capital were temporarily closed while police worked the scene of the wreck.

Moody was being held in the Wake County Jail under a $102,000 bond late Saturday afternoon. His first court appearance was set for Monday.


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  • jscletsplay1002002 Aug 26, 2008

    I know Ernest Moody personally. Bad things happen to good people. He needs both his hips replaced (hense pain patch and presc medicine) and he was on his way to work, He works at the next light up on Capital Blvd from where he had the flat tire and was walking the rest of the way to work. He had his scrubs on as you can see in mug shot. His teenage son said he didnt hit anyone and from what I know of Ernest Moody, that if he knew he did, he wouldnt run. He is a good kind hearted man. Im waiting on CCBI report with information of any kind of blood on vehicle or his paint from car on bike, etc... BTW his car is/was banged up prior to this incident, I have personally worked on his car. I almost think the allegations of hit and run will be founded to be untrue.
    Sorry Earnest Moody you have to go through this.

  • bohica2 Aug 18, 2008

    I'll wager he doesn't spend a day more than time served. Sentiment here (esp in GOLO) is that cyclists have it coming.

  • LocalYokel Aug 18, 2008

    Ernest Lee Moody Jr. if you did what they say you did you are a bad bad man. What a terrible example you set for your son. Life in prison?