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Raleigh man charged after hit and run

Posted November 29, 2011

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— A Raleigh man has been charged with felony hit and run after he hit a pedestrian and tried to drive away Monday night, police said. 

Authorities say Bodley Castelly, 33, hit Dennis Wade Tracy, 36, at the corner of South Wilmington Street and Pecan Road around 8:40 p.m. as Tracy tried to cross the street. 

Castelly attempted to leave the scene but turned down a dead-end street and was quickly caught, police said. 

Tracy was treated and released from WakeMed. 

Several lanes of South Wilmington Street were blocked for about 30 minutes while investigators tried to determine what happened. 

No other information has been released. 

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  • mpheels Nov 30, 2011

    OK soyousay, what do you recommend a driver do if they are in a crash or hit a pedestrian and they don't feel safe waiting at the scene for the police? I remember reading about a case this summer I think, but can't remember where in NC it happened. A child was hit by a car and killed, pretty gruesome scene, and the parents were very upset, threatening the driver of the car involved. The driver feared for her safety, left the scene, drove to the first gas station she saw, and called the police. She explain why she left and there were no charges for hit and run.

  • Bartmeister Nov 29, 2011

    Hahahaha, turned down a one way street. BRILLIANT!!

  • soyousay Nov 29, 2011

    You might have to go through extra questioning from the police, but if you call for help and immediately disclose that you are leaving the scene, why you are leaving, and where you are going, you should be fine...

    actually no- extremely poor advice

  • jsok123 Nov 29, 2011

    Pedestrians around here will walk RIGHT OUT IN FRONT OF YOU and dare you to hit them, tell me I'm wrong.

  • drjones74 Nov 29, 2011

    Oh for crying out loud, Pecan and Wilmington is perfectly safe. I feel much less safe in Mini City

  • ithappens Nov 29, 2011

    He was on the same street as a fire station, coulda just went there.

  • Twittyfan Nov 29, 2011

    I agree mpheels 100%!!

  • mpheels Nov 29, 2011

    If you hit someone, regardless of circumstances, and do not feel safe stopping and waiting for the police and EMS - immediately lock your cars doors if they aren't already locked, turn on your emergency signal lights, and carefully drive to a safe location. While you're driving, call 911, tell the dispatcher what happened and why you don't feel safe, and tell them where you are going to stop. You might have to go through extra questioning from the police, but if you call for help and immediately disclose that you are leaving the scene, why you are leaving, and where you are going, you should be fine.

  • Statick Nov 29, 2011

    "If you feel unsafe, why not find a place that is close and call 911?"

    ^^^
    This.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Nov 29, 2011

    If this area is as bad (crime wise) as some say it is, it sounds like the driver may have a good defense. "I was driving to a place where I felt safe and then was going to call 911." or "I didn't feel safe and I didn't have a cell phone, so I was driving to the police station."

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