Early on August 15, a former N.C. State University football player died of the personal injuries he suffered when a speeding Camaro violently collided with the vehicle in which he was a back seat passenger, according to a police report.
The collision was so violent that it split the Honda Accord 29-year-old Edrick Smith was a passenger in, in two.
According to police, 30-year-old Hugo Fernando Rosillo, the Camaro’s driver, fled the scene and was tracked down by a police helicopter and K-9 unit searching the nearby woods.
Smith, originally a native of North Fork, Alabama, set a school record for tackles by a true freshman in 1998. He was considered to be on track to be a national defensive standout and NFL prospect when an injury sidelined his career.
Rosillo was the lone occupant of the Camaro. He was taken to the hospital and police charged him with second-degree murder, felony hit-and-run, and drunken driving.
Other occupants of the Accord were the driver, 30-year-old Hakeem Ward Holloway, and 31-year-old Barry Tyrone Pace. Police say both were hospitalized.