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Raleigh teen injured in hit-and-run

Posted April 8, 2011

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— Raleigh police are searching for the driver of a vehicle that struck a 15-year-old girl crossing a road Thursday morning.

Brandi Lester, of Raleigh, was crossing Calumet Drive, near Roselle Court, around 7 a.m. when she was hit by a vehicle going about 25 mph, according to the wreck report. The driver then fled the scene.

Lester suffered serious injuries and was taken to WakeMed.

Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said investigators are looking for a light-colored SUV, possibly a white or silver Nissan or Isuzu. The vehicle will have some front-end damage.

Anyone with information that might help investigators find the vehicle is asked to call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.


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  • what_in_the____ Apr 8, 2011

    it's probably the kid's fault anyway. kids these days don't look for cars let alone pay attention, especially teenagers, they just mosey along and may everyone else wait on them.

  • Preebok Apr 8, 2011

    Newshound...Funny, in a sad way.... But TRUE!

  • what_in_the____ Apr 8, 2011

    driver probably didn't stop due to the lesson he learned from the guy in Vance County

  • Newshound Apr 8, 2011

    Depends on the circumstances whether or not I will stop or not. Ask the guy who stopped in henderson how that worked out for him.

  • Fireflies Rock Apr 8, 2011

    Poor girl, hope she recovers. SHAMEFUL! It's not possible to hit a person and not realize it....cowardly act to leave a seriously injured person alone in the street. Hope they find this creep.

  • carrboroyouth Apr 8, 2011

    I knew someone would bring up the possibility that the 15 year-old walked out in front of the car. As I say in every hit and run story: It doesn't matter if it was your fault or theirs; if you hit someone, you better STOP. I don't know how these drivers just mosey along with no weight on their conscience...

  • boatmonkey82 Apr 8, 2011

    why run ? there is a very high chance you wont be charged unless your driving revoked or suspended or no insurance or dui . if your clean then stop . what if it was your kid or family member laying in the road with no help ????

  • sammyg Apr 8, 2011

    I hope this person turns themself in. Better to face the charges now then in the afterlife!

  • Desiderata Apr 8, 2011

    Was she in a crosswalk??? Did anyone see this accident..how do we know she did not walk into the road EXPECTING a car will just stop ( as so many think that their mere presence gives them permission to cross the road)...Driver without licence...all speculatio till we know the truth...

  • PanthersFan45 Apr 8, 2011

    Whether or not the kid was in the right or wrong, it's just hard to imagine someone not stopping. Daylight is usually starting at that time too. I can only guess that the driver either didn't have a license or insurance, or that they may have been under the influence. Still, there is no excuse for driving off like that, I hope she fully recovers.