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Raleigh man run over; teen charged with DWI

Posted April 10, 2011

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— A father of three found dead in a Raleigh roadway early Sunday was hit by a vehicle while walking home from his sister's birthday party, relatives said.

Freddie Lane, 47, was run over and killed by a vehicle while crossing Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, at Chavis Way, police said. His body was found around 2 a.m.

"He was somebody's son, he was someone's father, he was someone's brother, and he was someone's friend," his sister, Darnic Richardson, said.

She said Lane, who had three sons, decided to walk home from her birthday party Saturday night.

"He walked a lot. He never drove," Richardson said. "My mom got on him about walking at night. She didn't like for him to be walking late at night."

Police said that Raul Gutierrez-Leja, 18, of 1124-C Angelus Drive, was driving the vehicle that struck Lane.

Freddie Lane Raleigh man run over; DWI charge filed

Gutierrez-Leja told police that Lane was lying in the road when he hit him. Police said there are no indications that Lane was struck by any other vehicle and it's unclear why he was in the road.

"I think there is something going on with his story. He needs to be questioned some more," Richardson said.

Gutierrez-Leja was charged with driving while impaired, driving without a license and having an open container of alcohol in a moving vehicle.

He was given a $10,000 secured bond but also placed under a detainer, because authorities suspect he might be in the country illegally, court records state.

"Maybe this is the guy here, and he is just scared to admit that he did it," Richardson sad.

Police said they are continuing to investigate the wreck.

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  • coolwill43 Apr 11, 2011

    If the victim’s families and the legal US citizens get together a fist class law suite against the government (local state federal) and we stand behind them, it may get this illegal immigrants issue solved.

  • delilahk2000 Apr 11, 2011

    YEA, WE SEE A PATTERN, BUT OUR OFFICIALS DON'T, WHY WE WOULD BE STEPPING ON THEIR RIGHTS TO BE HERE AND BREAKING AND KILLING PEOPLE...... I GUARANTEE YOU HE WILL GET A SLAP ON THE WRIST.......PRAYING FOR THE FAMILY. SO SENSELESS

  • alger32 Apr 11, 2011

    why you didnt post my comment, i didnt say anything wrong.

  • alger32 Apr 11, 2011

    MY PRAYERS FOR THE VICTIMS FAMILY

  • beachboater Apr 11, 2011

    I am so sick of this type thing. I am a volunteer fireman and we get called to wrecks all the time where the driver is gone witht the wind. It's obvious from items in the car that the driver was hispanic. It's an everyday occurance.

    We had one the other night where the car hit a tree. He then passed out drunk. When the fire department arrived on scene, he woke up and tried to drive off. Firemen followed him in personal vehicles. He was all over the road, but never got 35 mph. He blew a 13, but HP said he wasn't blowing hard.

    This happens way too often. People are being killed, and the drunk drivers are fleeing the scene. The highway patrol takes them to jail, but they post bond and are never heard from again.

    Time to act.

  • shawna Apr 11, 2011

    The good liberal censors at WRAL hard at work...

  • bmg379 Apr 11, 2011

    He was given a $10,000 secured bond but also placed under a detainer, because authorities suspect he might be in the country illegally,

    I can't imagine,lolololol if we spent time and $ getting the illegal drivers off the streets we would have alot less problems,like the 2 young hispanics who just wrecked the car on new hope rd last week

  • Hammerhead Apr 11, 2011

    "Why aren't all the reverends (Barber, Jackson, Sharpton) protesting the president's policies that allowed this to happen to one of their people?"

    Seriously, Card Player? That statement is so full of bile and garbage.

  • Card Player Apr 11, 2011

    Why aren't all the reverends (Barber, Jackson, Sharpton) protesting the president's policies that allowed this to happen to one of their people?

  • Kimbby Apr 11, 2011

    teddemr: Not only should this guy be deported after his life sentence is complete, they should find out where he worked and fine the employer an obscene amount to ensure businesses are discouraged from hiring these invaders.

    lol at "these invaders"

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