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Police: Raleigh woman deliberately wrecked car

Posted August 19, 2011
Updated September 5, 2011

— Raleigh police have arrested and charged a woman with murder after they say she intentionally got into a wreck and hit a tree.

Lisa Howard Leak, 40, of Peyton Street in Raleigh, drove off of Chapanoke Road, cut through a grassy area and a parking lot and ran over a soccer goal before slamming into a pine tree on Aug. 12, according to a police accident report.

The vehicle was going at 35 mph but accelerated and hit the tree at 50 mph, the report states.

Passenger Amy Pauline Chukwu, 59, of Peyton Street, was killed, and Leak and the two back-seat passengers Alexia Shamira Mae Wall, 17, and Erica Jeannette Freeman, 39, were injured.

Leak was arrested on Sunday after she was released from WakeMed. In addition to the murder charge, she is also charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, police said.

Leak was being held without bond at the Wake County jail on Monday. 


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  • Army Brat I Am Aug 19, 2011

    I doubt they are going to release this info, but guys help me out. How/what lead them to determine the driver intentionally wrecked the car? I thought I saw somewhere that the driver had a medical issue which is what lead family members to believe it was an accident. also unblankenbelievable: when a car is being used to murder someone, the same as a gun, the car becomes a weapon, hence assault with a deadly weapon.

  • turkeydance Aug 19, 2011

    there's no 2nd amendment for cars (or horses).

  • john26 Aug 19, 2011

    Hey, unblanken:

    We go to the DMV. We get a driver's license. We also carry insurance. How's that for a "car purchasing permit"?

    Unless you are saying it's okay to run over people or crash cars to kill people.

  • bbrown07 Aug 19, 2011

    A vehicle has always been a deadly weapon

  • jgordon1 Aug 19, 2011

    An eye for an eye. Hope she gets whats coming to her!!

  • unblankenbelievable Aug 19, 2011

    she is also charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, police said.

    Oh yeah? And how does a car all of a sudden become a deadly weapon? and if that's the case, why are we not going to the sherrifs office to apply for a car purchasing permit. The courts are making their own rules as life goes on. I'm not supporting the crook but come on....

  • whistler411 Aug 19, 2011

    How could she be sure the victim would be killed in the accident? What a strange way to try to kill someone, especially since you're in the car, too......

  • shortcake53 Aug 19, 2011

    J. Melton, it was her Momma!

  • shortcake53 Aug 19, 2011

    What in the name of............????? What is wrong with people???

  • MudLife Aug 19, 2011

    WOW! thats so tragic. How did the 2 know each other?