Hit-and-run suspect silent

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comJuly 12, 2013 

— Adetoye Taoheed Adekanmbi, 33, of 103 E. Chalfont Drive in Cary admitted to police that he was the owner of the 2002 Volkswagen Passat that had heavy front end and windshield damage, but he refused to answer investigators’ questions about how it occurred, according to warrants made public Thursday.

Around 12:42 a.m. on June 15, Natalie Jo Chidlaw and Meghan Jade Elizabeth Clark were walking across Hillsborough Street when they were both struck by a gray VW Passat near the intersection of Dixie Trail. The VW had the green light but failed to stop after the accident.

Chidlaw, 18, died at the scene. Clark, also 18, suffered severe injuries to her legs and pelvis.

Investigators at the scene found plastic from the front end of the VW, a portion of its grill and glass fragments from its windshield, according to the search warrants.

Investigators were led to Adekanmbi after witnesses described the vehicle that hit Chidlaw and Clark and a person reported seeing a similar vehicle with damage to the front end parked near Adekanmbi’s home.

Adekanmbi is charged with two felony counts of hit and run causing serious injury or death.

Investigators used search warrants to obtain blood samples from Adekanmbi to determine whether he had been driving drunk. They also seized his car’s event data recorder to review information about the speed the car was traveling at the time of the crash and whether he applied brakes.

Adekanmbi’s and his girlfriend’s mobile phones were also seized.

Adekanmbi was previously convicted of driving while intoxicated in September 2010 in Durham County and sentenced to probation, according to N.C. Department of Public Safety records.

He remained in custody at the Wake County jail Thursday night, his bail set at $250,000, a jail spokesman reported.

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