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Man sentenced to prison in fatal hit-and-run

Posted April 28, 2009 3:54 p.m. EDT
Updated April 28, 2009 4:27 p.m. EDT

— A Honduran native pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing a pedestrian last month on Falls of Neuse Road and was sentenced to at least 10 months in prison.

Carlos David Rodriguez-Bautista, 34, pleaded guilty to felony hit-and-run in the death of Lewis Avery Gray, 71. He was sentenced to 10 to 12 months in prison.

Officers arrested Rodriguez-Bautista after identifying him as the driver of a 2003 Chevrolet passenger van that had heavy front-end damage consistent with having struck a person. A Raleigh police officer spotted the van while on patrol in the 7200 block of Woodbend Drive two days after the fatal wreck.

Investigators said they think Rodriguez-Bautista stopped and got out of the van after he hit Gray, then drove away from the scene.

Police also charged Carlos Humberto Agustindiaz, who was driving a truck for Apex-based Parker’s Landscape Services, with misdemeanor hit-and-run in the case. The drivers of the two other vehicles that hit Gray stayed at the scene and will not be charged, police said.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has placed a detainer on Rodriguez-Bautista. Officials said they believe the Honduran native might be in the country illegally.