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Man sentenced to prison in fatal hit-and-run

Posted April 28, 2009

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— A Honduran native pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing a pedestrian last month on Falls of Neuse Road and was sentenced to at least 10 months in prison.

Carlos David Rodriguez-Bautista, 34, pleaded guilty to felony hit-and-run in the death of Lewis Avery Gray, 71. He was sentenced to 10 to 12 months in prison.

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. A Raleigh police officer spotted the van while on patrol in the 7200 block of Woodbend Drive two days after the fatal wreck.

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.

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


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  • Ahead of the Game Apr 30, 2009

    Why didn't you all post my comment?

    I'll say it again, the owner of Parker's needs to be arrested for hiring an illegal alien.

  • whatusay Apr 29, 2009

    The Democrats and Republicans have completely given up trying to enforce illegal immigration. It above their pay-grade, or competence level.

  • Common Sense Man Apr 28, 2009

    "10-12 Months in prison for murder. What gives here,"

    "10 months for killing someone............. crazy, stupid... What was the judge thinking"

    Lol, does anyone actually read the story before they comment?

  • NCRunner Apr 28, 2009

    10 months for killing someone............. crazy, stupid... What was the judge thinking

  • gnew46 Apr 28, 2009

    10-12 Months in prison for murder. What gives here, other than the usual illegal immigrant mess.

  • sssh.. whisper Apr 28, 2009

    10 months... are you kidding me? That is absolutely absurd

  • Just the facts mam Apr 28, 2009

    Another reason why illegal immigrants need to be physically removed from this country before they harm and kill many more of us. If he was not here in this country illegally, this poor gentleman would still be alive. And the illegal immigrant took off after hitting the gentleman rather than stopping to help. He never turned himself in and it was only through excellent police work that he was caught. Months in jail is not enough punishment!

  • RPD07 Apr 28, 2009

    Yes, the driver killed the pedestrian, but it was the pedestrians fault for walking in the middle of the road (not a crosswalk) when it was dark. The driver was convicted of the crime he committed; felony hit and run. This was not murder.

    Hate me as much as you want, but other than being here illegally (allegedly) and possible minor traffic violations, there are no charges that could have been sought against the driver had he stayed on the scene.

    It very well could have been the 100% legal, white, middle-aged, no criminal history, no traffic history soccer mom. If you leave the scene, shame on you. If you stay, you get let go because you did nothing wrong.....

    Just my thoughts on the matter....

  • donnied1952 Apr 28, 2009

    Man, WRAL sure got that one off the hot list fast. Guess the liberals over there didn't like what everyone was saying. If WRAL wants to be so liberal, how about we use their money to feed, clothe and take care of this illegal while he vacations in our jails that we paid for.

  • kwik Apr 28, 2009

    makes me want to go back to school and become a judge. what is our judical system coming to?..start executing these thugs and maybe, just maybe, they will start to learn...if the state needs a medical professional to sit at the executions to pronounce death, just give me a call...i will be glad to do it!