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Raleigh police charge two in early-morning hit-and-run

Posted January 28, 2013 6:30 a.m. EST
Updated January 29, 2013 4:10 p.m. EST

— Raleigh police arrested two women Monday afternoon in connection with a hit-and-run that seriously injured a man shortly after 1 a.m.

Yvonne McDade, 22, of 537 Marble St., was charged with felony hit-and-run after, police said, she hit Ray Anthony Hemingway, 50, with the car she was driving near the intersection of North Raleigh Boulevard and Milburnie Road.

McDade, who was jailed under a $45,000 bond, also faces charges of driving while license revoked and resisting, delaying or obstructing a law enforcement officer.

According to an arrest warrant, she also allegedly told a friend to call police and to report the car she was driving stolen.

She showed little emotion when she appeared Monday evening before a Wake County magistrate who said she looked tired and disinterested.

"Am I boring you?" the magistrate asked at one point.

Police also cited Delores Ann Watts, 49, with permitting an unlicensed driver to operate her vehicle.

Watts, police said, loaned McDade her 2011 Chevrolet Impala, which McDade was driving when Hemingway was struck. The magistrate said Watts was helpful to investigators and persuaded McDade to surrender.

Watts said the charge against her are "definitely a learning experience."

Investigators made the arrests after finding the car, with a hole in its windshield, parked between two homes about a mile from the wreck, near Lions Way and Bennett Street.

Details about what happened weren't available, but in a 911 recording, a frantic caller reported seeing what she described as a little blue car hit the man.

"He was going so fast," she said of the driver.

In the same 911 call, a male caller described the man in the street as "barely breathing."

Hemingway was taken to WakeMed, where he was listed in serious condition Monday night in the hospital's neuro-intensive care unit.

Police ask that anyone with information that might assist investigators to contact the Raleigh Police Department at 919-834-4357.