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Man arrested in fatal hit-and-run

Posted March 13, 2009

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— Raleigh Police arrested a man who they believe drove a passenger van that hit and killed a pedestrian on Falls of Neuse Road Wednesday.

Capt. K.S. Craighead credited "phenomenal police work" by Officer M.J. Corso with the arrest Thursday of Carlos David Rodriguez-Bautista, 39, early Friday.

Falls of Neuse hit-run kills pedestrian Police track down hit-and-run suspect

Rodriguez-Bautista faces felony hit-and-run charges in the death of Lewis Avery Gray, 71, on Wednesday morning. Police said they believe Rodriguez-Bautista was driving the first of four vehicles that struck Gray as he was trying to cross Falls of Neuse Road at Spring Forest Road.

Corso was on patrol in the 7200 block of Woodbend Drive shortly before midnight Thursday and noticed a 2003 Chrevolet passenger van that had heavy front-end damage consistent with having struck a person, Craighead said. Police reviewed evidence from the wreck scene and found that it was consistent with the damage on the van.

Additional officers came to the scene and canvassed an apartment complex. They tracked down the van's alleged driver, Rodriguez-Bautista, and questioned and arrested him.

Investigators believe that Rodriguez-Bautista stopped and got out of the van briefly before driving away, police said. There was no crosswalk where Gray was hit.

Police also have charged Carlos Humberto Agustindiaz, who was driving a truck for Apex-based Parker’s Landscape Services, with misdemeanor hit-and-run.

The drivers of the two other vehicles that hit Gray stayed at the scene and will not be charged, police said.

Police planned to meet with the Wake County District Attorney's Office to decide if additional charges should be filed against Rodriguez-Bautista.

Gray's neighbors said that he lived less than a mile away from where he died. They said he loved walking and did it every day.

“Even in the rain, he would walk up and down the street. Early in the morning, sometimes,” neighbor Lynn Hess said.


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  • alanths011 Mar 13, 2009

    Does anyone notice that when a Latino is involved in a wreck or crime. Everyone is always like is he illegal here or not? Or does he or she pay taxes or not?? Why does it all have to end up to Racism. I'm just saying anyone could have caused the wreck being Caucasian, African American, Asian etc. But whenever its a Latino everyone has to start up with their racist comments. Why doesn't everyone instead of writing bad-mannered comments; instead wish the victims families condolences and keep them in your prayers.

  • teacher-mom Mar 13, 2009

    Leaving someone that you have just run over with a car is wrong.

  • commonsensical Mar 13, 2009

    Timbo: A white guy in a mercedes wouldn't have been worried about deportation, so he wouldn't have been inclined to flee the scene.

  • OSX Mar 13, 2009

    My wife is hispanic and racism does exist. If I am obviously with her, she is treated differently. I've also seen it where we are just standing in line and it doesn't look like we are together and she's been treated rudely. Then when they realize we're together, they quickly change their attitude. Hope spelling and all is right, kind of in a hurry here.

  • Just the facts mam Mar 13, 2009

    N&O has some disturbing updates to this:

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Mar 13, 2009

    The 3rd picture in this article shows a "Sidewalk Closed" sign...

  • Hey yuall Mar 13, 2009

    I don't care what race, nationality, etc. these guys were..any one that could run over another human being and leave him laying in the road to die deserves the worst type of punishment that can be handed down.

  • MellowMelnJC Mar 13, 2009

    ibbott41 GREAT post!! I feel that what MOST are upset about are just what you said!

    LOL@ Tired Of excuses...Nope you got everyone good job!

    I myself am tired of seeing people commit crimes and NOT have to pay for it!! Great Job RPD too bad all your hard work will not pay off when it comes to the "time" they give him...Our(US) court system is not working until it does get use to stories like this...

    If everything on his truck had been "legal" then they would NOT had to ask around like N&O printed.Hmmm I wonder why they dont just come out and say that?

  • Soulbait Mar 13, 2009

    Even the article that you referenced says "if those numbers are true". So it is speculation and has not been proven.

    " I still feel that there is quite a bit of racism from many of the GOLO posters towards hispanics" Towards ILLEGALS. When the government prints a comic book show you how to sneak into the US, you know were the problem is coming from. philburger ____________________________________________________________ ____

    No, towards hispanics in general. It is assumed immediately that if someone has a hispanic surname, that they are illegal immigrants.


  • Just the facts mam Mar 13, 2009

    Great job RPD on catching this guy!!!