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Bicyclist critically injured; driver faces DWI charge

Posted November 14, 2010 8:01 a.m. EST
Updated November 17, 2010 10:09 a.m. EST

— A Raleigh woman faces charges of driving while impaired after her car struck and critically injured a bicyclist early Sunday, police said.

Police said that Brandis Chevelle Thomas, 30, was driving the 2006 Toyota sedan that struck Justin Gabriel Walker, of Raleigh, as he was riding a bike along New Bern Avenue, near Dickens Drive, around 3:45 a.m.

Walker and his bike were thrown 110 feet and landed on the pavement of the right side of the road, according to the wreck report. Thomas kept driving for 2,000 feet before making a u-turn and returning to the scene.

Walker was taken to WakeMed, where he was in critical condition.

Police said in the report that Thomas, of 3407 Baton Road, was impaired by alcohol and talking on a cell phone when she hit Walker.

In addition to DWI, Thomas was charged with felony serious injury by vehicle. She was released after meeting a $10,000 bond around 11 a.m. Sunday.