Raleigh man charged in crash that killed cabbie
Posted September 11
Raleigh, N.C. — A Raleigh man has been charged in a weekend crash that killed a taxi driver, police said Monday.
Dreshawn Sam Bynum, 24, of 5633 Forest Oaks Drive, was charged with murder, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, fleeing to elude arrest, felony hit-and-run and driving while impaired. He remains in the Wake County jail without bond.
Raleigh police officers were responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle behind the Walmart at 1725 New Hope Church Road at about 3:15 a.m. Saturday when they spotted a Ford Explorer matching the description of the vehicle speeding along New Hope Church Road.
The SUV ran a red light and collided with an Amigo Taxi at the intersection of New Hope Church Road and Atlantic Avenue. The taxi driver, identified in court documents as Dane Zimbalist Clay, was thrown from the cab and died at the scene, and the taxi then crashed into a nearby laundromat, police said.
The owner of Amigo Taxi said Monday that Clay had been with the company for three years, and he described him as a "total professional," a "good person who never complained" and someone who worked hard to support his family.
Another Amigo Taxi driver saw the crash and tried unsuccessfully to save Clay's life, said the company owner, who didn’t want to give his name.
Bynum tried to flee the scene on foot after the crash, but police quickly apprehended him.
Police said the SUV that hit the taxi had been reported stolen from a Raleigh car dealership.
Bynum has previously been convicted of breaking into and stealing cars and speeding to elude arrest, according to state Department of Public Safety records.