making it a serious crime for a driver and passenger to switch places after an accident.
The bill was inspired by the death of UNC sports radio reporter Stephen Gates who was killed in 2003 while changing a tire on Interstate 40.
Police say Emily Caveness hit Gates, then switched places with her passenger Rabah Samara, who drove away.
Caveness pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and received community service. Samara was cleared of a more serious hit-and-run charge.
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