Hit-and-run driver apologizes to family after guilty verdict


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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:52 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 1 at 6:15 PM


Driver convicted of second-degree murder

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GASTONIA, N.C. -- A woman convicted of driving drunk, then running over a Good Samaritan and killing him will spend 34 years in prison.

On Thursday, a jury found Charla Davis guilty of all eight charges against her, including second-degree murder.

In an unexpected move, Davis stood up in court and apologized to the family of Ronnie Eudy -- the Good Samaritan who was killed as he tried to help motorists stranded on the Wilkinson bridge last August.

"He died as a hero," Davis said.

But Eudy's widow said she couldn't accept the apology.

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"I don't accept it. It will take a while, a long while because it took her so long to say it. It will be a long time before I can accept it," Tammy Eudy said.

"We appreciate her apologizing to the family, finally," said Ralph Ferrell, Ronny Eudy's stepfather. "We appreciate her mother apologizing to all of us. I feel sorry for her mother for the loss, but nobody can bring our son back. He's gone. We'll never have him again. We just have to live with it."

Davis was also found guilty of eight charges -- second-degree murder, felony hit-and-run, reckless driving, driving while impaired, driving with a revoked license and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

"I think that's fair. I thought she deserved what she got," said Tammy Eudy.

Davis' defense attorney said he plans to file an appeal.