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Suspect in fatal accident granted bond in North Carolina

Despite the objections of officials that called him a danger to the community, a North Carolina man accused of causing a fatal motor vehicle accident will be granted bond while he waits for his trial. After being assured that the suspect would remain at his parents' North Carolina home, a judge set the man's bond at $50,000. The suspect's parents said they would make sure the man did not driver under their care and that he would appear at all scheduled hearings.

According to police, the fatal accident occurred when the suspect drifted across three lanes of traffic in order to cut off a car in front of him, his truck allegedly traveling in excess of 90 miles per hour. The car was reportedly forced off the road, causing it veer onto the right shoulder and strike a concrete guardrail. The car was thrown into the air before slamming into a concrete abutment on the driver's side. The driver of the car was killed in the crash. The suspect and his passenger allegedly fled the scene and left North Carolina for a period of time.

Police later arrested the suspect and his passenger at their home in North Carolina, charging them both for their involvement in the wreck. The suspect was charged with hit-and-run, driving with a suspended license, involuntary manslaughter and death resulting from reckless driving by racing. His passenger, identified by the suspect's mother as his "soon-to-be wife," was charged with hit-and run. She was also charged with drug trafficking after discovering a large number of prescription pills on her person.

Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Man in fatality free on bond," Joe Macenka, Dec. 15, 2011

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