RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A Cary man agreed to a plea deal Friday in connection with a June 2013 hit-and-run that killed an 18-year-old girl.
On June 15, 2013, Adetoye Adekanmbi, 36, hit two girls with his vehicle on Hillsborough Street near Dixie Trail.
Adekanmbi fled the scene but was later caught.
Natalie Childlaw died as a result of the collision. Meghan Clark was injured but survived.
Adekanmbi was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, two counts of hit-and-run and driving while his license was revoked following his arrest.
But in Sept. 2009, he was charged with second-degree murder.
Adekanmbi’s plea deal reduced his charges to involuntary manslaughter since prosecutors felt they did not have the evidence to get a second-degree murder conviction.
Adelanmbi was sentenced to 40 to 66 months in prison with 18 months of probation. He will get credit for time served since 2013.
“I’d like to apologize to the Chidlaw family, to Meghan Clark and the Clark family. I truly am sorry,” Adekanmbi said in court.
Clark, along with the Childlaw family were in court to face Adekanmbi.
Natalie’s mother, Jamie Brauer, made sure the court knew she did not approve of Adekanmbi having his charges reduced.
“I am 100 percent against this plea deal. If it were up to me and my family, you would be spending many years, if not the rest of your life in jail,” Brauer said.
Brauer said the lesser charge did nothing to diminish what happened that night.
“I did not see her before she was cremated, it was highly advised I not. But just a month ago, I did see the photos of the scene and that’s why I feel you should see that, you should see what you did to her,” she said. “I know Natalie would want me to forgive you, but as a Christian myself, I know this is what I need to do, but at this moment, I can’t.”
Once released on probation, won’t be able to operate a motor vehicle or use drugs or alcohol.