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Teen charged with DWI in fatal hit-and-run

Posted May 13, 2010

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— A 16-year-old faces charges of driving while impaired in connection with a hit-and-run that killed a woman Wednesday morning.

State troopers said that Cody Lee Thomas was behind the wheel of a borrowed Cadillac that crashed into a Mazda Protege in Willow Spring, killing Tania Jane Bell, 41, of Raleigh.

Thomas was also charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle, felony hit-and-run, driving left of center and driving without an operator's license. He was being held in the Wake County jail under a $40,000 bond.

Troopers also charged a friend, John McCoy, who they say was driving behind Thomas at the time of the wreck. McCoy, 19, was charged with aiding and abetting a felony hit-and-run.

Troopers said that Thomas drove off the road, then over-corrected and crashed into Bell's oncoming Mazda at Barbour Store and Old Stage roads. Thomas and McCoy drove away, troopers said, but were apprehended on Cindy Street in Angier.


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  • jenjen7203 May 19, 2010

    ...cover. we love ya CODY AND JON JON.. and by the way cody wont drunk and i know that for a fact b/c i was with him that night.. yes i feel bad and sorry for the woman and her family but stuff happens people die everyday.. and yall keep talkin about how his parents should have raised him better..but your right they should have but they didnt they left him out to defend for him self.. think about it if you lived in a unfit home wouldnt u run away to better your self. I know i would and i did. Cody had goals he set for him self but then this stuff happen. And about his friend that helped him get away from the scene (as yall would say) was tryin 2 help they both were in shock and didnt know what to do. so people just needs to stop talkin unless they know whats going on. I dont think cody or john should have to do prison time.

  • jenjen7203 May 19, 2010

    this is casey rae and i think yawl are so messed up!!! Cody was my bestfriend,homie he was like my brother and to sit here and degrade him like he's nothing... just because you watch the news you think you no everything cody is young and yes he shouldnt of been driving but he was bettering himself... he was on his way to an interview its not like he got up and was like lets go cruise around all day in a car!!!! it was an accident.. how do you think he feels knowing he has got to deal with the fact that he killed somebody for the rest of his life on top of that his baby boy hasnt even been born yet and he dont get to see his first breath,words,steps nothing!!! cody is a great person he would do anything for you he was always smiling just a happy go lucky person he was ready to be a father would do anyhing for his girl... yawl are judging Cody but what about the cop that got drunk killed somebody and all he got was probation so take a good look at society.... cant judge a book by its co

  • jenjen7203 May 19, 2010

    yawl people our stupid you dont even no him!!!!! tell you the truth i hungout with cody on a daily bases and he is a great person... i will give it to you he didnt have no business driving but when you are trying to better your life and make it to a job interview then you got to do what you got to do...

  • OBX4us May 14, 2010

    This teenager was already too far gone to do anything with. He was under the influence of SOMETHING when he shouldn't be, driving without a license, not in school, ran away when he knew he'd done wrong and who knows what else. It's the best thing he will be in jail for a very long time so he doesn't hurt anyone else.

    Teach your children RIGHT and make them accountable from toddler on, people! Don't allow them to run wild just because society says it's the best thing for them to be social and frolic happily around unsupervised. IT IS NOT THE BEST THING OBVIOUSLY.

  • shortcake53 May 14, 2010

    I am tired of excuses when kids take matters in their own hands and end up in trouble. Then the whining starts about "oh that poor kid, its not his fault". Thats a crock. A lot of people have a hard life. You cant tell me that he didnt know what he was doing was wrong. And if he really didnt know, then all you relatives should have made sure he was never left unattended, maybe this poor woman wouldnt have lost her life. Im sick of excuses.

  • kerrioneill May 14, 2010

    Tania was my cousin. I live in the UK and got the terrible news today. I can tell you now that this will have destroyed my family in the US, her mother, brother and sons are going through the worst type of hell imaginable. I hope these irresponsible, selfish, cowardly 'kids' get everything that they deserve. There's no excuse.

  • curtandbritt13 May 14, 2010

    NO when you see a child in need then you should help

  • afteradeal May 14, 2010

    "Somebody totally dropped the ball in teaching this kid anything."

    If this is the same Cody that I remember from Vance Elem, then yes, lots of "somebodies" dropped the ball. Perhaps Principal Rose could have done more. Perhaps all the times I saw him sitting in the office, I could have said something, anything to have changed his path? Or would I have overstepped my bounds as a volunteer?

  • curtandbritt13 May 14, 2010

    frankie I agree with you its not like he got in the car and said im gonna go kill someone and ruin my life people get real and those he keep talkin about his parents guess what he didnt have no parent to constantly be on him on teaching him anything why cant you people understand hes still a kid and yes he made some grown up decisions and obviously he wasnt ready to be an adult.those of you that are21 and older should no better to talk about a boy like this shame on you

  • frankiethomas10 May 14, 2010

    Are yall really gonna sit here and keep talking about this. that is my Brother yes he was in the wrong. if he had not got into that car knowing he had no experience it would have never happened. he is in the wrong for getting in the car, but as for the accident he didnt just go out and plan to kill someone. i know that family is going through some hard times right now. i feel so bad for the kids. cause she was a innocent women. but thats my 16 year old brother that basically raised himself. me and him just came together like 4 years ago. so how do you think i feel knowing my brother is in jail for a accident that he could have prevented if he didnt get into that car.