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Victim's mother to hit-and-run driver: 'Own up to it'

Posted November 11, 2015

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— A Raleigh woman on Wednesday thanked the community for their help in identifying a suspect in the hit-and-run that killed her son last month.

Terrance Rayshone Faison, 23, was walking along Poole Road on Oct. 29, heading home from a bus stop after getting off work, when he was hit by a passing SUV that didn't stop, police said. His body was found the next morning, along with pieces of the vehicle.

On Monday, the State Highway Patrol arrested Caesar Leake, 47, of 1033 Spawn Place in Knightdale, and charged him with felony hit-and-run, aggravated death by motor vehicle and driving while impaired. Leake, who remains in the Wake County jail under a $275,000 bond, also is accused of encouraging his wife to cover up the crash by telling an insurance company that the SUV was damaged when she had hit a deer.

An anonymous tip helped the Highway Patrol put Leake’s SUV at the scene and ultimately led to his arrest.

"I’m just very relieved," Faison's mother, Fredericka Faison, said of the arrest. "My heart is still broken because my son is not here with me, and he didn’t deserve to be hit and someone just hit him and leave him."

Terrance Faison was an aspiring musician who always had a smile on his face and words of encouragement for those he met, according to his family.

"Terrance would get up and sing every morning. He had always had a song in his heart," said his aunt, Timika Shields.

"He wasn’t just a singer, he was a scholar. He was a social activist in his own right," said his uncle, Frederic Faison.

Fredericka Faison expressed anger and bitterness toward the hit-and-run driver.

"I’m in awe that a person can be so heartless," she said. "You hit my son. Own up to it and deal with it and, finally and most importantly, change your life."

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  • Chase Truman Nov 12, 2015
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    Sounds like this young man was headed for great thing s in life, and it is so sad that it was stripped away because of this selfish and callous person who shouldn't have been out on the road anyway. Having had 5 DWI's, it is obvious he cares about no one but himself. And it cost an aspiring young man his life. What an absolute shame. I hope his family and friends can find a way to bounce back from this tragedy. And I hope this man is locked away for a very long time.