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  • sarrahcook Nov 29, 2012

    Roxboro, N.C. — A 25-year-old Durham woman was killed Monday night when a car struck her from behind on U.S. Highway 158 outside of Roxboro.

    The driver, 18-year-old David Winstead, initially left the scene, but returned later with relatives, according to the state Highway Patrol.

    Charges against him are pending.

    Troopers said Winstead hit Eva Maria Cook while she and her sister were trying to push their broken-down car out of the road around 10:20 p.m.

    Cook's sister was not hurt.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~My sister was killed in a hit and run accident, don't let them let that guy off easy. The person who killed my sister was only given a speeding ticket and 100 hours of community service. If he finishes that the charge of "death by motor vehicle" will be dismissed.

  • iluvjunk Nov 27, 2012

    Mt son was killed by a hit and run driver on Aug. 26, 2011. His killer has never been caught. I am glad this family knows who did this to their child. My family will never have that satisfaction. People run when they have something to hide. An innocent person would stop to help the victim and call the rescue squad. A guilty person don't give a darn, they run and someone dies. To me when someone runs the charge should be murder instead of hit and run.

  • oleguy Nov 27, 2012

    I think if you hit and run, the pentalty should be greater, much greater

  • Das G Nov 27, 2012

    "Where does it say he wasn't allowed to drive? If he was convicted in 2008 for DWI, he most likely has his license back."

    Uh, in the article. Specifically, where it states "Corey Champion, 28, of Raleigh, was arrested June 4 on charges of felony hit-and-run, misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and driving with license revoked."

  • jbyrd Nov 27, 2012

    aknowlton1499, did you even read the piece? It clearly states he was charged with driving with a REVOKED drivers license.

    I am sure the reason he original ran is because he was drunk as a skunk and probably aware of the consequences if caught that night. He gave himself time for all the alcohol and only God knows what else was in his system at that time.

    IMHO, his prior records SHOULD be used in deciding his fate which SHOULD include many years in prison.

  • topfan4unc Nov 27, 2012

    Bob3425 .......hit and run with injuries is a felony and the article states he was charged with that.

    However, the death is a misdemeanor by statute unless they could prove drunk driving or more. That is the part that you wish you could change to something stronger.

  • kikinc Nov 27, 2012

    "I beg to differ. This man already has a record of DWI and reckless driving. He knew he was not allowed to drive, so at some point he had to weigh the pros and cons of getting behind the wheel again."

    Where does it say he wasn't allowed to drive? If he was convicted in 2008 for DWI, he most likely has his license back.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Nov 27, 2012

    Allow the law to do its job.

  • Bob3425 Nov 27, 2012

    Think what they need to do, it make hit and run a Felony by itself. Accident happen but when you run there is more to the story.

  • justjean Nov 27, 2012

    Hey if Larry Womble can get away with it, everyone else should be able to as well. What's good for one is good for all...right Larry? Sorry for this mother's loss. Our judicial system is a joke.

  • piene2 Nov 27, 2012

    ""Will a stiffer sentence bring her son back?"

    That is not the point. The point is criminals are not afraid of the justice system. A lot of them think a little bit of prison time is worth the crime.
    aknowlton1499"

    This was not some criminal committing a crime and weighing whether the crime would be worth the prison time. This was some fool who under whatever circumstances tragically killed a fine young boy. I doubt he was scheming about how to get away with it as much as he was in a state of panic. Does he need to be punished? Of course he does. But the punishment should not be the same as it would be if, for instance, he assaulted the boy, killed him and stuffed his body into a dumpster. Of course, either way the boy would be dead but the punishments for the two crimes should be very different.

  • FromClayton Nov 27, 2012

    That poor mother. I am so sorry for her loss.

  • SportsLover75 Nov 27, 2012

    Our justice system is just as sad as this crime is. People walk away guilty of a murder with a slap on the wrist. I dont understand why a hit and run is not processed as a felony. An accident is just that an accident ... the innocent stay to prove themself as that. The guilty RUN!

  • vile garbage Nov 27, 2012

    Grand Union--- I didn't say Mr. Champion was drunk. I said after reading this atricle I can CERTAINLY see how it would be smarter (not decent) to flee the scene if you are drunk and kill someone, because in a few days when/if they catch you then you will be sober and therefore can't be charged with the felony.

  • bdu4dals2 Nov 27, 2012

    Hey lawmakers, if the current penalties are not strong enough, re-write them. While you're at it, enforce the laws we have, make a deterrent that people will take notice of. Build a jail system like in Maricopa County, AZ, tents, cots, and wire, reserve this for those that really ask for it.

  • Half Red Half Blue Nov 27, 2012

    "Will a stiffer sentence bring her son back?"

    That is not the point. The point is criminals are not afraid of the justice system. A lot of them think a little bit of prison time is worth the crime.

  • mike honcho Nov 27, 2012

    piene2-

    To answer your question, no it will not, but it may save you or someone you know. I suggest thinking before posting such a hurtful statement, friends and family of this young man read these posts.

  • Lightfoot3 Nov 27, 2012

    “Will a stiffer sentence bring her son back?” - piene2


    What a silly question. I’m not aware of ANY legal sentences with the purpose of raising the dead.

  • Grand Union Nov 27, 2012

    "I agree. I see that if you are drunk and hit someone its smarter to flee the scene and not turn yourself in until you are sober. Thats just reality. Sucks."

    What evidence do you have that anyone was drunk? Surely are justice system has to work with evidence not mere conjecture?

  • betterplace Nov 27, 2012

    "Will a stiffer sentence bring her son back? "
    No. But will definitely help others by not getting killed by the same guy.

  • readme Nov 27, 2012

    When the felony hit and run is combined with a revoked license the sum punishment should exceed the two crimes separately. In other words, he should never have been on the road. Doens't the DA have any better options that max 3 years?

  • Relic Nov 27, 2012

    I'm sorry for the family. But until we have "justice" instead of a "legal system" then the punishment will never fit the crime.

  • piene2 Nov 27, 2012

    Will a stiffer sentence bring her son back?

  • vile garbage Nov 27, 2012

    I agree. I see that if you are drunk and hit someone its smarter to flee the scene and not turn yourself in until you are sober. Thats just reality. Sucks.

  • NotFromHere Nov 27, 2012

    About time our laws are updated to meet the 21st century. It amazes me to see people get a sentence of 1 to 2 years in prison and a $1,000.00 fine. That should be a $20,000.00 fine or a $50,000.00 fine. Seems like some of these were set 50 or 100 years ago when $1,000.00 was half a years pay.

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