RALEIGH, NC (WRAL) – Raleigh police have arrested a man following a fatal motorcycle crash on New Hope Church Road. Neri Damian Cruz-Carmona, 26, has been charged with felony hit and run causing serious injury/death.
Officials say Cruz-Carmona is an undocumented or illegal immigrant and is under an ICE detainer.
Police were searching Saturday for the driver of a car that fled the scene after crashing into a motorcycle. The accident occurred about 12:45 a.m. on New Hope Church Road between Atlantic Avenue and Green Road, police said.
Authorities identified the motorcycle rider that was struck as Jamar Rashaun Beach of Raleigh. According to the police report, the Honda was turning left onto Bonneville Court from New Hope Church Road. The Honda crashed into the motorcycle, which was traveling westbound on New Hope Church Road, when the Honda driver failed to yield the right of way.
“I’ve been disturbed. I’m still disturbed talking about it,” said a neighbor who witnessed the incident.
The neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said she left her house after midnight to get cigarettes and returned to a crime scene.
“I’m traumatized. It was horrific,” she said.
Beach died as a result of the crash, according to the police report.
The driver of the Honda fled from the scene, but the vehicle was located a short time later in front of a building in the 3800 block of Bonneville Court.
“They’re going to have a high price to pay. I hope they find him for the family,” the neighbor said. “I don’t know why they left the scene. I don’t know if they panicked.”
Neighbors said they have few clues about the suspect, but they are hoping the driver will do the right thing.
“For the family’s sake, I hope they come forward…” the neighbor said.
Cruz-Carmona was being held at the Wake County Detention Center on Sunday.