that would strengthen hit-and-run laws.
The measure was introduced after the death of UNC sports radio reporter Stephen Gates.
Gates was killed in 2003 while changing a tire on Interstate 40.
Police said Emily Caveness hit Gates and then switched places with 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.
The bill would make it a crime for the driver and passenger to switch places.
If approved by the House, Governor Mike Easley would have 10 days to sign the bill into law.
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