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Two young men arrested in Willow Spring fatal hit-and-run

Posted May 12, 2010 10:38 a.m. EDT
Updated May 12, 2010 11:23 p.m. EDT

— Troopers arrested two young men Wednesday in connection with a hit-and-run that killed a woman earlier in the day in Willow Spring.

Cody Lee Thomas, 16, is accused of crashing a Cadillac, which he borrowed from someone, into the woman's Mazda Protege and then fleeing the scene in a friend's car.

The friend, John McCoy, 19, was driving his own vehicle and was following Thomas at the time of the crash, according to Sgt. Jorge Brewer.

Troopers said they believe Thomas drove off the road, over-corrected, crossed the center line and crashed into the woman's car at about 10 a.m. at Barbour Store and Old Stage roads in Wake County.

The woman's name was not released. Her brother-in-law told authorities that he was driving in a separate car ahead when he saw the Cadillac.

"He knew that the car was gonna lose control. When looked in the rear-view mirror, he saw the dust and, in fear, (went) back to the scene," Sgt. K.W. Cooke said.

"Several leads led the Highway Patrol to Cindy Street in Angier where both suspects were located and later apprehended without further incident," Brewer said in a statement.

Thomas was charged with felony hit and run and death by motor vehicle. He was being held Wednesday in the Wake County jail under a $40,000 bond.