Man Charged In Hit And Run Death Of Richard Clay Wise

5:17 PM, Nov 3, 2011   |    comments
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  • Victim: Richard Clay Wise
  • Suspect: Kenneth Reece Wright, Jr
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  • Davidson County, NC -- A man has been charged with a fatal hit-and-run of a cyclist in Davidson County.

    On Wednesday, 30-year-old Kenneth Reece Wright, Jr. of Thomasville turned himself into authorities in connection to the death of Richard Clay Wise on Old Highway 109.

    Wise, 45, of Lexington was struck while riding his bicycle about 9 miles south of Thomasville around 7pm Tuesday night.  Troopers said the driver that struck Wise did not stop. 

    Trooper Terry Gillespie said that surveillance video from a nearby business helped lead them to Wright's vehicle.  Wright was not with the vehicle when they found it but turned himself in two hours later.

    Gillespie said that Wright gave an explanation as to why he did not stop but could not reveal the details of that story due to the on-going investigation.

    Wright is charged with felony hit-and-run, failure to report an accident, registration violation, driving without insurance and an inspection violation.  He is being held at the Davidson County Jail on $100,000 bond.

    Wise's family and friends tell WFMY News 2's Mac Ingraham that they can't understand why Wright would not stop at the time of the crash but are thankful that he turned himself in.

    "It's a big relief and a big burden off everyone's shoulders that the person is in jail," said Toni Wise, Wise's Niece.

    Wise's nephew, Justin Hill added they were surprised to hear the case was solved.

    "I didn't exactly expect to have it solved this quickly but sure am glad it was solved this quickly," said Hill.

    Family and friends are trying to raise money for Wise's funeral. If you want to help you can contact Denton Wesleyan Church at (336) 859-4565.

    NC Highway Patrol / WFMY News 2

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