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Police seek driver after Raleigh hit and run

Posted June 6, 2012

— Raleigh police on Tuesday said they are looking for the driver of a car who hit a bicyclist early Sunday near the intersection of Hillsborough Street and Ashe Avenue.

The car, likely a black 2000-2005 Chevrolet Impala, should have minor damage to its right front quarter panel and perhaps the right front door, authorities said. The car could also have damage to the right hand rear view mirror housing or the mirror itself may be missing from the housing. 

Following the wreck, which happened around 1 a.m., the car fled the scene and was traveling on Ashe Avenue toward Western Boulevard.

Anyone with information about the hit and run should call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for tips that help solve cases.


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  • IzzMad2016 Jun 6, 2012

    I hope the biker is OK but I totally agree with Marty King. Bikers gripe and complain about drivers not respecting their right to ride the roadways but I have yet to see a biker who obeys the traffic rules. They absolutely do run lights, many sidle along the curb/gutters making their way to the front instead of taking their "place" in line like cars do and are an obstruction to traffic in general, plain and simple. Sorry bikers but it's time for some truth tellin'!!!!!

  • mattcli Jun 6, 2012

    To those who wonder if the driver knew if they hit something... I unfortunately hit a squirrel the other day and as small as they are you feel the bump. Run over a rough patch of road or a small object and you feel it. Have your car lightly tapped by another where it does no body damage and you feel it. Trust me, they knew what happened.

  • trianglerelic Jun 6, 2012

    I feel bad for anyone that is struck by a by moving vehicle, but I need to make a personal observation. I've been driving since I was 16. I have about 30 years behind the wheel. In the past 5 years, I've observed a Serious decrease in Pedestrian IQs. I see people every day crossing busy roads where there are no cross walks. I see people crossing in Cross-walks against Red Lights. Each time I drive in any shopping center, people step out in front of my truck without looking. People see me backing up my 7,000 pound truck and do their very best to squeeze behind me rather than wait 5 seconds. CITY OF RALEIGH, PLEASE PLEASE Educate your Citizens to be Safer Pedestrians. Start by giving tickets to J-Walkers. A 7,000 pound truck backing up at 2 miles an hour will squash you like a bug.. I even have an Audible Back-up Beeper and people still insist on pushing a baby stroller into my blind spots. Pedestrians scare the heck out of me.. They need education for their own good.

  • Marty King Jun 6, 2012

    I blame MADD for causing people with one or two beers in their system to be overly paranoid of persecution. We need to revert to common sense DUI laws and raise the limit back to .1

    Regardless, the biker was probably at fault anyways, they ride with no courtesy, regard to other traffic and always run stop signs and red lights.

  • fishon Jun 6, 2012

    I also question the wisdom of biking at 1 am. NOT that I'm saying that it is the bicyclist's fault, but it is difficult to see them at night.

    Did they stop and saw they hit someone then fled or did they never realize it? Did the bike have lights? Maybe the driver of the car woke up the next day and thought someone sideswiped his car. Lots of possibilities here and the story leaves a lot of details out. And I WILL blame the bike rider for riding at 1am in the morning.

  • southerntalent Jun 6, 2012

    this happened here around a year ago,then the girl turned herself in

  • pulstar40 Jun 6, 2012

    Theory could be that the driver had been drinking and was afraid to stop. I also question the wisdom of biking at 1 am. NOT that I'm saying that it is the bicyclist's fault, but it is difficult to see them at night.

  • sureuare Jun 6, 2012

    No excuse for hit and run, ever. But yes there are too many distractions while driving. Traffic congestion in the Triangle has become ridiculous, and our roads (especially back roads) are in poor condition. There are too many cars and too many potholes on our roads already and we throw bicycles into the mix. Too many cyclists and pedestrians getting hit.

  • diana123 Jun 6, 2012

    well the driver will be caught because the car will
    have to be brought into repairs unless the driver
    knows someone who will keep their mouth shut and
    quitely do the repairs.

  • danunger Jun 6, 2012

    Bottom line here is that if you hit something with your car...STOP and check. If an animal, get it off the road, if a person call for help. If a driver hits a person and runs, the charge should 2nd degree whatever and you will NEVER drive again. If caugfht after that, you just got a life vacation in the barb wire hotel. Personal responsibility and human compassion, look them up in the dictionary. There is NO excuse for hit and run that should ever cloud the law.