Following the arrest of a suspect in the Nov. 14 hit and run that killed Rick Magee of Durham, the following statement was released by family and friends of Magee:
"It appears clear that the driver responsible for the death of our friend and family member, Rick Magee, engaged in repeated criminal activity—first by fleeing the scene after fatally injuring Rick and then by filing a fraudulent insurance claim to cover up his crime. The defendant made tragically wrong decisions in evading responsibility before police found him and made the arrest. We urge the maximum possible penalty be imposed on both counts--- felony hit and run and insurance fraud-- in order to send a message that this kind of behavior is unacceptable, and to help insure safety and security in our neighborhoods."
–Friends and Family of Rick Magee