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Bicyclist killed in wreck with suspected drunken driver

Posted August 16, 2008 11:08 a.m. EDT
Updated August 16, 2008 4:01 p.m. EDT

— Police charged a motorist with driving while impaired after his vehicle struck and killed a bicyclist along Capital Boulevard Saturday morning.

Police said that Ernest Lee Moody Jr., 36, of Raleigh, was driving north on Capital, while Ronald Keith Saul, 38, of Raleigh, was riding a bike in the same direction around 7 a.m.

Moody's vehicle struck Saul's bicycle under the overpass of Interstate 540, officers said.

Medical workers declared Saul dead on arrival.

After the wreck, Moody continued to drive north on Capital, and then stopped on the side of the road near Gresham Lake Road, police said. He got out of the vehicle, along with his juvenile son, and walked north along the road, away from the scene of the wreck.

Moody faces charges of DWI, felony death by motor vehicle, felony hit-and-run and misdemeanor child neglect.

Several lanes of Capital were temporarily closed while police worked the scene of the wreck.

Moody was being held in the Wake County Jail under a $102,000 bond late Saturday afternoon. His first court appearance was set for Monday.