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Wife of hit-and-run suspect charged with fraud

Posted November 13, 2015

LaTasha Monique Leake

— The wife of a Knightdale man charged in a fatal hit-and-run was charged Friday with fraud in connection with the case.

LaTasha Monique Leake, 36, of 1033 Spawn Place, was charged with insurance fraud.

Her husband, Caesar Leake, 47, was arrested Monday in an Oct. 29 hit-and-run that killed Terrance Rayshone Faison.

Faison, 23, was walking along Poole Road, 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.

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

He is charged with felony hit-and-run, aggravated death by motor vehicle and driving while impaired. He 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.

Caesar Leake remains in the Wake County jail under a $275,000 bond. LaTasha Leake has been released on bond.


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  • Wayne Douglas III Nov 15, 2015
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    Black lives matter, but only when it meets an agenda.

  • Rob Dunham Nov 14, 2015
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    I just want to know WHY Al and Jesse aren't on this already? This is a young black man who's life was cut short by a careless so called human being.

  • Tom Laurence Nov 14, 2015
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    She should serve time just like her husband, for lying and covering up a hit and run that caused the death of Faison.

  • Sonja Yagel Nov 13, 2015
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    This tale of hitting a deer when a deer wasn't probably within a mile of the scene has become almost like "The dog ate my homework." I think a lot of people who claim to hit deer because of damage to their car is not being honest. A lot of deer are hit on the road, but not as often as claimed as with this story.

  • Wayne Douglas III Nov 13, 2015
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    I'm with Charlotte Baggett. Especially when that lie, is a cover-up attempt for someone who killed someone else. As I understand this, Caesar Leake was not arrested in a time sufficient to perform a BAC, so I don't know if he was drunk or under the influence of any other drug. Still, the penalty for killing someone, leaving the scene and insurance fraud, will be worse than if he had just stayed at the scene and took his blame.

  • Charlotte Baggett Nov 13, 2015
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    I am not married, but let me warn any future suitors... If my husband came home with such a tragedy, he would be admonished and have to turn himself in. the family would visit and I would wait for him to return, but I'll be damned if I would lie with him or lie for him....

  • Steve Faulkner Nov 13, 2015
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    I asked on the first story why she wasn't charged with this...