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Cellphone video captures police chase down I-440

Posted June 11, 2012 12:35 p.m. EDT
Updated June 11, 2012 6:55 p.m. EDT

— A man who captured on his cellphone the police chase of a wrong-way driver on a Raleigh highway says police want to use it as evidence against a Wake Forest woman blamed for a fatal wreck.

Raleigh police say Sarah Aimee Carden, 23, was driving eastbound on Interstate 440 West, near Hillsborough Street, shortly before 4:30 a.m. Sunday when Junior Tshimpangila Bajani, trying to avoid a collision with her, crashed into a guardrail.

The 30-year-old was killed. His passenger, Adrina Angelica Moore, was taken to a local hospital and later released.

Akram Youssef said he was leaving work when he captured police pursuing Carden's Acura for several miles.

"This guy's going to kill somebody, seriously," he says in the video.

Minutes before Youssef captured the video, a motorist called 911 reporting a wreck caused by a speeding car, with its headlights turned off.

A state Highway Patrol trooper eventually stopped Carden several miles away on I-440 near Six Forks Road. Her blood alcohol concentration was 0.16.

Carden faces charges of felony hit-and-run resulting in death, felony serious injury by vehicle, felony fleeing to elude arrest, careless and reckless driving, driving while impaired and traveling the wrong way on a dual-lane highway.

She was in the Wake County jail Monday under a $152,500 bond.

Bajani was a student at Wake Technical Community College and had moved to North Carolina from Africa three years ago, his brother, Jethro Bajani, said.

He was coming home from a wedding when the wreck occurred.

Jethro Bajani says he is heartbroken over his loss but prays for the person who police say is responsible.

"God allowed it to happen," Jethro Bajani said. "It's in His hands."