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Hit-and-run suspect faces immigration detainer, higher bail

Posted March 13, 2009
Updated March 15, 2009

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— A Wake County judge increased bail and federal officials put an immigration detainer Friday on the suspect in a fatal hit-and-run on Falls of Neuse Road.

Carlos David Rodriguez-Bautista, 34, faces charges of felony hit-and-run in the death of Lewis Avery Gray, 71, on Wednesday morning. Raleigh police said that Rodriguez-Bautista was driving the first of four vehicles to strike Gray as he was walking across the road.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency placed a detainer on Rodriguez-Bautista. Officials believe the Honduran native might be in the country illegally.

Wake District Judge Ned Mangum increased Rodriguez-Bautista's bail from $8,000 to $25,000 after he found the suspect has been three pending charges of failure to show up for court in Onslow and Alamance counties.

Mangum said that the suspect was also charged with driving while impaired in Raleigh in 2006, but the judge did not the disposition of that case.

Rodriguez-Bautista remained in the Wake County Jail Saturday morning. His next court appearance was set for April 2.

Officers arrested Rodriguez-Bautista after identifying him as the driver of a 2003 Chevrolet passenger van that had heavy front-end damage consistent with having struck a person. Officer M.J. Corso spotted the van while on patrol in the 7200 block of Woodbend Drive shortly before midnight Thursday.

Investigators said they think Rodriguez-Bautista stopped and got out of the van after he hit Gray, then drove away from the scene.

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

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


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  • rushbot Mar 16, 2009

    This seems way too low an amount for bail. I believe I will vote against this judge next time.

  • whatusay Mar 16, 2009

    The State of NC needs a "hot line" so people can call and advise where the illegals are working, assuming any of our elected officials really care. We could balance the budget easily if state laws were put in place to jail employers who hire them because they would all leave with no work. The employers who hire them and our politicians have become traitors to the tax payers.

  • whatusay Mar 16, 2009

    This will hit home when it happens to a politicians family. This seems to be in the news every day but our politicians turn their head and ignore what is happening to this state and country.

  • braddyg Mar 16, 2009

    "But then again we are only common citizens and taxpayers right? Oh to be one of the elites. Unreal."

    Indeed. Welcome to the New Liberal Oligarchy.

  • ifcdirector Mar 16, 2009

    Eventually one of these illegals is going to victimize the son or daughter or wife or husband or mother or father of a politician or someone else whose life counts more than that of the citizens they lord over and victimize themselves with their inaction and on that day, and only on that day, you are going to see a turn around like you have never seen before where the law and police and courts and Congress and the President actually do something about the ever growing tides of illegals all around them in this country which they are oblivious too on purpose. Do your jobs. Protect the citizens you are paid to serve and protect and represent for a remarkable change of pace. It's not a mystery that 78% of the people of this country agree that this country is headed in the wrong direction when illegal aliens like this are allowed to roam free and drive the roads. But then again we are only common citizens and taxpayers right? Oh to be one of the elites. Unreal.

  • artist Mar 16, 2009

    "This is a good case to investigate who his boss is?"

    Exactly.... and I also want to know about Parker’s Landscape Services... and why their driver took off as well. This should be a very costly mistake for any company involved in hiring illegals.

  • LambeauSouth Mar 16, 2009

    Hey Eduardo1, you my friend, who came here through the proper channels, served our country have every right to speak out. You are An American Citizen and have earned that right.
    My question to you would be, how would you handle the current epidemic? I mean would you lean towards amnesty or complete deportation and would you be concerned about having to show proper identification.

  • diver Mar 16, 2009

    when are we going to learn and realize that the spanish community is quickly becoming the largest liability to people.

  • ncguy Mar 16, 2009

    Again the feds have let the middle class American down.

    They rich make too much money off of them and the rich dictate legislature.

  • donnied1952 Mar 16, 2009

    My thoughts exactly. That phrase doesn't even make sense. I guess WRAL is so busy trying make sure they give the illegals all the breaks they don't have time to proof their own stories.