CARY, N.C. (WNCN) – The driver accused of striking and seriously injuring a Town of Cary official as she was riding a bicycle in October 2016 pleaded guilty Friday and was sentenced to 15 to 19 years in prison.
Christopher Moore of Morrisville entered the plea Friday morning.
“Nothing I can do or say to change what I’ve done, but I am sorry for what I done and I deserve to be punished for what I did,” he told a judge.
Laura “Lori” Cove of Raleigh was left with a severe traumatic brain injury when she and another cyclist were struck near Cary’s Bond Park. Cove was the Town of Cary’s transportation director.
“Lori is alive, but she’s not living.” her sister, Kristen said in court. “I know what she is facing is far worse than death.”
Authorities said that four cyclists were riding together in a bike lane when an SUV traveling the same direction ran over two of the riders.
In a 911 call, a caller told a dispatcher that they saw a man with a bike in his windshield.
“A guy just came in my neighborhood with a bicycle stuck to his windshield,” the caller said.
The dispatcher asks if the bicycle was stuck on the vehicle.
“Yeah, and now it’s stuck at the bottom of our cul-de-sac. And he threw it out and I said, ‘Is everything okay?’ And he said, ‘Yeah.’ And then took off,” the caller responded.
When Moore was arrested on two charges of felony hit-and-run, records showed it was his 18th arrest. Prosecutors said in court that after his arrest he denied any involvement in the incident.
After Moore entered his plea, Town of Cary public works director Scott Hecht spoke on behalf of dozens of Cove’s supporters who were in attendance at the court appearance.
“We were numb, we were in disbelief, we were shocked,” Hecht said of the reaction to hearing what happened to Cove. “You chose to leave the scene of that accident with two young women lying on the side of the road with no idea if they were dead or alive… but worst of all you denied it. This is a character defect that only time in a cell can hopefully fix!”
Hecht said that Cove’s Town of Cary office hasn’t been touched since she was injured. They’re keeping it in tact for her hopeful return.
The judge also weigh in pointing out that Morris left the women there and made the intention to cover up his crime, saying when Morris could, ‘at least attempt to rectify the situation and he did not.”