Last Monday, the Raleigh police arrested a 17-year-old woman who they say intentionally drove a Chevy Impala into a group of people. Brianna Laverne Lane, 17, of 4904 Alenja Lane, Raleigh was taken in Saturday and charged with five counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of hit-and-run, according to Wake County police.
The incident happened on July 27 around 3 a.m. at the 200 block of Shelden Drive. One of the five victims, Shelby Smith, 19, of Garner, was hit by the car and sustained non-life-threatening injuries, but was hospitalized, police said. The other four victims manage to jump out of the way of the vehicle and were not injured.
Currently under investigation, this hit and run is believed not to be a random act, and Smith and Lane appear to have been somewhat acquainted, police said.
Lane was being held Sunday in the Wake County Jail under a $60,000 bond.
The penalties and the definition of hit-and-run vary from state to state. For example, in Virginia, the crime is a felony if the accident causes death, injury, or damage to attended property in excess of a certain dollar amount; otherwise, it is a misdemeanor.