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Hit-and-run becomes felony under bill

Leaving the scene of a wreck will get stiffer penalties under a bill going to the desk of Gov. Mike Easley.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Leaving the scene of a wreck will get stiffer penalties under a bill going to the desk of Gov. Mike Easley.

The state Senate on Thursday gave its final approval to the legislation, which makes a hit-and-run charge a felony when people are seriously injured.

The bill also requires the driver to stay at the scene until given permission to leave by law enforcement.

If Easley signs the bill, it will go into effect Dec. 1.