• 63°

No easy answers on why hit-and-run case was dismissed

By Shavonne Potts
spotts@salisburypost.com
Stacy McCluney has unanswered questions about the hit-and-run death of her son, Tony Ramsey, one year ago.
She fears she may never get answers.
“I’m not going to have peace until I get them answered,” McCluney said.
On Aug. 19, 2007, Tony was walking along West Innes Street with two friends when he was struck. The 15-year-old would have been a freshman at North Rowan High School.
The woman who authorities said struck the teen, Tonya Yvette Clodfelter, 41, was charged with felony hit-and-run. The charges against Clodfelter have since been dismissed.
All of the parties involved attended a probable cause hearing in November.
McCluney said that during the hearing, an attorney read a statement from Clodfelter’s son in which he said he witnessed the accident and told his mother she was about to hit someone.
According to Rowan County District Attorney Bill Kenerly, there were was no probable cause to pursue a criminal proceeding.
He explained that a case must meet a certain amount of proof to determine that a crime occurred and a defendant committed the crime in order to proceed with prosecution in a felony offense.
“The state has a burden of proof in showing the crime probably was committed. There wasn’t any question that she hit this young person. But there are specific elements that have to be met and not all of the elements were met,” Kenerly said.
In her statement to the Highway Patrol, Clodfelter admitted hitting something, but she said she swerved after seeing a group of teens pointing toward the sky. She thought they had weapons.
Clodfelter then drove home and had a neighbor call 911.
The N.C. Highway Patrol collision report by Trooper M.E. Heon shows that Clodfelter was traveling north on West Innes Street. The teens were walking in the same direction. Clodfelter swerved to the left to avoid pedestrians on the right side of the road, the report said.
“Vehicle 1 collided with the pedestrian in the road. Vehicle 1 then left the scene northward,” the report said.
McCluney just wants to know why.
“Why did it take her to go home to get someone to call 911?” McCluney asked. “Why didn’t she stop?”
She said Clodfelter never tried to contact her. McCluney said she would not speak to Clodfelter if she tried.
Kenerly said McCluney could pursue a civil suit. She declined to comment about whether she would.

Comments

Comments closed.

Local

‘Meet the need’: Rowan County Health Department looks to add to vaccination options

Local

Seaford is first woman in county hired for town manager position since the ’90s

Local

Colonial Spring Frolic makes a comeback to kick off museum’s year

Local

Concord City Council wants to name bridge for fallen officer, Rowan native

Education

RSS administration will recommend selling Faith Elementary property to charter school

Business

Inspired by advice from father-in-law, Angela Mills launches her own business in memory of him

Local

Rowan County Democrats re-elect leaders, pass resolutions

Local

Baseball: Memories come alive in Ferebee book

Local

During Child Abuse Prevention Month, professionals reflect on detecting abuse in a virtual world

Business

Biz Roundup: Small Business Center announces spring slate of workshop for business owners

Clubs

Kiwanis Pancake Festival starts Friday

Local

Rowan fire marshal seeks to clear up confusion, worry caused by solicitation letter

Education

Fun every day: Fifth anniversary for Yadkin Path Montessori School

Nation/World

Charles: Royal family ‘deeply grateful’ for support for Philip

News

North Carolina sites to resume J&J vaccines after CDC review

News

Cooper OKs bill offering K-12 students summer school option

High School

High school football: Playoff time means get ready for ‘big-boy football’

High School

High school football: Hornets overpower South to secure playoff spot

Crime

Jeffrey MacDonald won’t be released despite deteriorating health

Business

Amazon warehouse workers reject union in Alabama

Nation/World

Ex-NFL player’s brain to be probed for trauma-related harm after Rock Hill shootings

Education

Duke University to require COVID vaccinations for fall term

Education

Cooper OKs bill offering K-12 students summer school option

High School

High school football: Record night for Pinckney as East cruises; Carson wins thriller in OT