The felony hit-and-run charges against a woman from Raleigh who caused a pedestrian to suffer fatal personal injuries have been upgraded to second-degree murder, according to court records made public on the afternoon of May 17.


Late on the morning of May 17, Phylicia Olivia Price was placed in custody at the Wake County Jail without bail due to the latest charge.


Police have yet to release a statement concerning the new charges, but an arrest warrant indicates that Price deliberately ran over 21-year-old Whitney Monique Mangum. According to the warrant, she “unlawfully, willfully, and feloniously did of malice aforethought kill and murder” Mangum.


On September 27, 2009, police alleged that Price was the driver of a vehicle whose occupants entered a verbal confrontation with Mangum on Hodges Street, near Wake Forest Road. At that time, police said that at some point during the argument, Price’s vehicle moved forward and Mangum, who was standing close to the vehicle, was hit.


Price fled the scene and another driver near the scene transported Mangum to Duke Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

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