Wendell woman accused of intentionally running over man, killing him
Posted September 10, 2014 11:43 a.m. EDT
Updated September 10, 2014 6:41 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — A Wake County grand jury on Tuesday indicted a Wendell woman on a first-degree murder charge in last year's death of a man whom authorities say she deliberately hit with her car.
Camille Meijon Silver, 23, of 2013 Meadow Lane, was initially charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle in the July 3, 2013, death of Maryland Jerome Vick, 24, whom police say Silver hit with her Nissan Altima as he was walking on East Boxley Drive in Wendell three days earlier.
"She knew him. There was animosity," Wake County Assistant District Attorney Jeff Cruden said Wednesday. "This was an intentional act, not your typical motor-vehicle crash."
Cruden said Wendell and Raleigh police and the district attorney's office have been investigating the case for the past year.
They dismissed the initial charge in August in anticipation of Tuesday's indictment.
"It took a long time," he said. "We wanted to be careful and thorough."
Family members said Wednesday that Silver's indictment has given them some peace about Vick's death. They believed from the beginning his death was intentional, his cousin, Ryan Armstrong said.
"It's a big relief," he said. "It's a big relief."
Armstrong was on the phone with Vick just before he was hit, he said, and that Vick and his girlfriend, who lives on East Boxley Drive, had been arguing. She was in the car with Silver, he said.
"He was saying a lot of stuff like, 'They're trying to run me over. They keep coming back and forth with the car,'" Armstrong said. "We're trying to tell him to stay out of the way, to get out of the way."
Armstrong said he told Vick to get away and that the next thing he heard was screaming, commotion and someone yelling, "They hit him. They hit him."
Silver was arrested Wednesday afternoon and jailed at the Wake County Detention Center without bond.