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Man arrested in fatal Raleigh hit-and-run

Posted August 29, 2009
Updated August 30, 2009

— Raleigh police arrested a 33-year-old Louisburg man after a wreck on Old Wake Forest Road early Saturday killed a 28-year-old Raleigh man and injured two women.

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Police said John Edward "Eddie" Ogburn was driving a 1998 Jeep north on Old Wake Forest Road while Cory Lamar Henderson was behind him in a 2002 Infiniti. When Ogburn slowed to turn left onto Zachary Brook Lane, Henderson tried to pass, causing the wreck, police said.

Henderson ran from the scene but was arrested shortly after, police said. Police also said they were pursuing Henderson prior to the crash when he was spotted driving recklessly. However, Henderson crashed before officers could pull him over, police said.

“I realized the driver who caused that (wreck) was not in his car. So within minutes there were police with dogs (and) they harnessed this one German shepherd and immediately picked up the trail ... they picked him (Henderson) up within 10 to 15 minutes,” said Pete Zografos, who heard the crash.

Ogburn was pronounced dead at WakeMed. He was a block from his Brook Forest home when his vehicle was struck.

“It's really surreal to be so close to home. It's made me think a lot about when I leave the neighborhood. When I’m driving, to just being really, really careful,” said Hassan Sharif, who lived near the victim.

Two passengers in the Jeep were also injured, police said. Kristen Knutson, 29, of Raleigh, has been released from WakeMed, while Jennifer Ragone, 27, of Southern Pines, was listed in good condition Saturday.

Arrest warrants charged Henderson with two counts of felony serious injury by vehicle and one count each of felony death by vehicle, felony hit-and-run causing serious injury or death, resisting an officer and driving with a revoked license.

Jail officials said he was also charged with driving while impaired, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury or death, reckless driving and speeding.

Henderson was being held in the Wake County Jail under a $130,000 bond. His first court appearance was set for Monday. According to state Department of Correction records, Henderson has a DWI conviction in Wake County from 2004.

Ogburn was a graduate of East Carolina University. He worked at the SAS Institute. He is survived by his mother, who lives in Virginia.

Neighbors plan to gather at 10 a.m. Sunday to clean up the accident site and remember Ogburn.


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  • iLoVeNc Sep 2, 2009

    I don't understand why Journey is so concerned with blaming the police for this accident. It isn't their fault that this guy decided to go out and get wasted and then get in the car to drive home. They may screw up sometimes, but it is in no way their fault that this accident occurred. People not knowing when to call a cab is the problem - not the cops.

  • NCStatePack Sep 2, 2009

    "How many of us has ever left a bar or resturant after having a couple of cocktails."

    That is simply out of the question if you had a prior dwi conviction.

  • findoutthefacts Sep 1, 2009

    "If both drivers have alcohol in their system. Is one person more at fault than the other?"

    I'll answer that stupid question....YES! The one who tried to pass on the left at 85 mph and caused the other person to die is more at fault. I can't believe you even try to rationalize that into a legitimate question?

  • bball0023 Sep 1, 2009

    How many of us has ever left a bar or resturant after having a couple of cocktails. This could have happened to anyone of us who are honest in anwsering yes to my question. Cory is not a felon. He is actually a pretty leveled headed guy. Here is another question. If both drivers have alcohol in their system. Is one person more at fault than the other?

  • Journey985 Sep 1, 2009

    Wow, some people will go to any lengths to try and protect the police. Sad part is this guy is back on the streets again!! Say what you like Southernlady, the rest of the facts will come out, and when they do we will see who was correct.

  • SouthernLady05 Aug 31, 2009

    From NBC17 article "Police said an officer had noticed Henderson's speeding vehicle not long before accident and was about to give chase when it happened."

    It's all in the reporting.

    The only one to blame here is the convicted felon who was driving drunk. Great Job RPD on catching the guy so quickly.

  • Journey985 Aug 31, 2009

    Very interesting ahermann364, funny how THAT information was not made public yet (if this is actually the case). I spoke to several of his co-workers today at SAS and the family, if this turns out to be true, I can more than safely bet, his family will end up owning part of Raleigh for this!!

  • aherrmann364 Aug 31, 2009

    Word on the street is that RPD LET HIM GET INTO HIS CAR @ the Ale House BEFORE they poorly attempted to "pursue" him (talked to witnesses today)...we'll never hear the true story if the po-lice are involved...he shouldn't have been driving, but another senseless death due in part to police incompetence...

  • rjacks20 Aug 31, 2009

    I apologize to family/friends of the victim. This is another tragic story about a young life taken by a drunk driver. Several of us have been sucked in by Journey's ridiculous comments and lost track of the loss of life, so I apologize for all of us...even Journey.

  • MileageWarrior Aug 31, 2009

    my friend worked with eddie. we often remarked at how adorable he was. she had the duty of helping clean out his office space today, and as she told me, it brought tears to my eyes.

    this criminal that killed him: no license, prior DWI conviction, and like a complete COWARD, took off RUNNING after the incident.

    he needs to be put UNDER the prison. how disgusting.

    rpd07...where are you getting those details from? i'd imagine by your screen name that perhaps you are affiliated with the raleigh police dept, and if that's the case, perhaps you can explain why these other details haven't been reported?