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Woman charged in fatal Raleigh motorcycle wreck

Posted October 28, 2014

Ernestine Leach

— Raleigh police have charged a 65-year-old woman in connection with a fatal motorcycle wreck that happened Monday afternoon near Cameron Village.

According to investigators, Ernestine Leach, of Raleigh, was turning left from Clark Avenue to Daniels Street at about 3:30 p.m. and hit a motorcycle driven by 22-year-old De'Andre Jamar Jackson.

Jackson was taken to WakeMed, where he later died. Leach and two passengers inside her 1998 Lexus LS400 were not injured.

Leach is charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle, police said.

An investigation of the wreck is ongoing.


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  • MT.Net Oct 30, 2014

    I have known Ms. Leach for several years. She is a wonderful person and must be absolutely devastated by this.

    My condolences to the Jackson family for their loss and to the Leach family during this difficult time.

  • Sean Creasy Oct 29, 2014
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    There are some things "I'm sorry" and "I feel bad about what happened" just don't cover.. Someone lost their life due to this person's blatant negligence....

  • Tarheel Takeover Oct 29, 2014

    Not sure of what kind of Bike this guy was driving, but why does it seem like Harley's rarely get into accidents?

  • ny4life Oct 28, 2014

    "How would sending this woman to jail solve anything? I am sure she feels awful about ending someone's life"

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    Oh well since she feels bad she shouldn't have to face any consequences for causing someone's death. Does the same apply for drunk drivers? I'm sure they feel bad after the fact also but their still caused a death. Negligence is negligence be it drinking, texting, distracted driving or anything else. Feeling bad shouldn't give you a pass especially if someone's life was lost because of it.

  • ecp1951 Oct 28, 2014

    I ride a motorcycle and between people talking or texting on their cellphone or looking at their gps it's very dangerous out on the road! wake up people and drive safely and just maybe you might save a life!

  • Buddha Knows Oct 28, 2014

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    How would sending this woman to jail solve anything? I am sure she feels awful about ending someone's life.

  • jmcdow2792 Oct 28, 2014

    I don't know why, but am convinced that people do not see motorcycles the same way they see cars. Either they don't notice it or they don't realize how fast it is approaching due to a different visual reference. Regardless it means this type thing happens with regularity. This is the exact reason that I sold my motorcyle and quit riding many years ago. Punishment is not the answer.

  • Chad Johnson Oct 28, 2014
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    This is getting out of hand. STOP TURNING LEFT IN FRONT OF MOTORCYCYLES!!!!

  • johnnybgood Oct 28, 2014

    Condolences go out to the family & friends of the young man who passed away.
    As a motorcyclists this is gut-wrenching. When I see stories like this (no rain, no traffic etc.) I ask; "what was the driver doing?". I've ridden and seen drivers distracted by phones, makeup other passengers; I can only shake my head and pray not only for me but, all drivers on the road.

  • Lysander Oct 28, 2014

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    That's smart! I try to keep an eye out especially for motorcyclists and bikers.