Skip to comments.Winston-Salem News Co-Anchor Charged After Fatal Wreck (killed one - refused BAT - let go for $1)
Posted on 03/13/2007 6:35:37 PM PDT by Libloather
Winston-Salem News Co-Anchor Charged After Fatal Wreck
Posted: Mar. 12, 2007
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. A television news co-anchor was charged with driving while impaired following a wreck that resulted in the death of a pedestrian.
Tolly Glenn Carr, 32, of Greensboro, was charged early Sunday after his pickup truck ran off a street, along a sidewalk and collided with a building.
Casey Ryan Bokhoven, 26, of Winston-Salem, died at the accident scene, police said.
Carr refused to take a breath alcohol test and was released on a written promise to come to court April 2, police said.
Carr was treated for a minor injury. Fjola Ingvadottir Wilson, 33, another WXII employee who was a passenger in Carr's 1997 Ford truck, was admitted to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition.
A search warrant issued after the 3:40 a.m. accident said Carr told police he had consumed alcohol earlier that evening. The warrant also said Carr didn't pass a field sobriety test and that the strong odor of alcohol was detected on Carr.
A witness said he heard a vehicle "gunning down the road going really fast" before the wreck. Andrew Rodgers also said he saw a body under the rear wheel when he went to help Carr and his passenger.
"All of us at WXII are devastated by this terrible tragedy," Hank Price, the president and general manager of WXII, said in a statement.
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SHAZAM! Can you do that?
Magistrate: Procedure Was Followed In Carr Release
Tue Mar 13, 4:19 PM ET
A local magistrate's office said its guidelines were followed when WXII 12 News anchor Tolly Carr was released on DWI charges after an incident in which a pedestrian was hit and killed.
Carr, 32, was charged with driving while impaired after Casey Ryan Bokhoven, 26, was hit and killed early Sunday, according to Winston-Salem police.
Further charges may be pending against Carr, authorities said.
Members of the Bokhoven family have told WXII 12 News that they've wondered why Carr was released on a written promise to appear in court instead of being released on bond.
John Phillips, chief magistrate in Forsyth County, said Tuesday that people arrested for DWI can be released on bond, released with a written promise to appear in court or released to a family member.
Phillips said the magistrate's office believed Carr was not a risk to himself or others.
A passenger with Carr, 33-year-old Fjola Ingvadottir Wilson, remained at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center on Tuesday.
According to police, Carr refused to take a breathalyzer test. A magistrate issued a search warrant for two vials of blood. Police said they "detected a strong odor of alcohol" on Carr at the scene.
His blood-alcohol level has not been released.
Carr will appear in court April 2.
I don't know why it calls the passenger "he." The name is female, and she is said to be a woman in other reports. Fjola Ingvadottir Wilson includes the politically correct naming of a Scandinavian woman as the daughter of her mother.
Yes anybody can refuse a BAT, but by doing so you are implying guilt.
That guy has the face for radio; how'd he ever get on TV?
I though he would be a real natural to appear in one of those Jackass movies.
He must be a good reporter; he didn't get the anchor job on his looks.
Are these people some kind of elite?
"... believed Carr was not a risk to himself or others."
The "risk to others" has already been established, by killing a pedestrian while driving intoxicated.
The magistrate must have been smoking some powerful weed that night. I could see this if no one was hurt but property was messed up.
But not with a death in the accident.
Sounds like it. DNA results come in faster. "It goes to show you that he is human..."
Test results weeks away in news anchor wreck
By Eric J.S. Townsend
WINSTON-SALEM They were both rising stars in their chosen fields: one as a local newscaster, the other as a cook at the Forsyth Country Club.
Now one is dead. And the future of the man who hit him in a Sunday morning accident remains in legal limbo as results from a blood test for alcohol levels could take weeks.
Tolly Glenn Carr, 32, a news anchor with WXII (Channel 12, NBC), faces one count of driving while impaired in the death of Casey Ryan Bokhoven, who lived within sight of where he was killed.
Police allege that Carr was intoxicated when his vehicle struck Bokhoven, 26, of 1406 W. First St., at 3:40 a.m.
Carr was treated for minor injuries, and a station employee in the car with him 33-year-old Fjola I. Wilson remained in good condition Monday at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.
"I think he was in shock," said Andrew Rodgers, who ran from his apartment near the accident and found Bokhoven under the car. "I know he got on the phone as I was standing there and he called to tell someone he was in trouble."
Carr, named co-anchor in September of the morning newscasts, declined to comment Monday. He referred all questions to his Winston-Salem lawyer, Carl Parrish, who could not be reached.
Parrish is the same attorney featured on WXII's "Ask the Lawyer" segments.
Bokhoven's family was in the process of making funeral arrangements Monday.
Court records shed light on what took place in the hours after the accident.
Carr refused to take a Breathalyzer exam at 5:34 a.m., forcing police to get a search warrant to have blood drawn for analysis.
The blood was taken in two vials just after 7:30 a.m. Samples will be tested by the State Bureau of Investigation lab in Raleigh, a process that a Winston-Salem police spokesman said could take at least a month to complete.
Court records show Carr, a North Carolina native living in Greensboro, listed a cousin to phone for help once in custody. He was released hours later on a written promise to appear.
Should additional charges be filed, depending on their severity, Carr could be jailed if he fails to post a bond. The current charge does not take into account Bokhoven's death.
Investigators had yet to file a completed accident report as of Monday evening, and Lt. Brad Yandell, the Winston-Salem police spokesman, was unable to answer specific questions about the wreck. He also deferred answering questions on possible charges, instead directing questions to the Forsyth County district attorney.
District Attorney Tom Keith was out of the office Monday. Jim O'Neill, an assistant district attorney who office staff said would prosecute the case, was tied up in a trial and unavailable for comment.
The wreck appeared Monday to take an emotional toll on station employees, from the reporter assigned to cover the story to Hank Price, general manager at WXII.
Price declined to speculate on Carr and his future role with the station, let alone his career. And he declined to say whether an interim co-anchor will be named for the morning news show or how long such an interim would be needed.
"Tolly needs to deal with the things he's going through," Price said, "things we have no say over or involvement with."
Notwithstanding a few negative remarks, Price said viewers offered their prayers and a hope he might learn from the experience. Among the e-mails the station was willing to share:
* "I know that Tolly is in the public eye but it goes to show you that he is human as well. We all make mistakes and that's what anchors have to realize even when they are reporting stories."
* "I am so sorry to learn the tragic news concerning anchor Tolly Carr. He is in my prayers."
At the BP gas station on West First and Hawthorne Road, clerk Katie Parker was torn by grief for Bokhoven, a regular customer of Camel Lights cigarettes and VitaminWater, and for Carr.
"Someone's lost a son. And someone's career has changed for the rest of his life," she said Monday. "It's a tragedy all around."
What they're not saying here is that section of road was closed due to construction. Several of the neighbors who ran outside, at 3:45 in the morning, thought that some drunk from a nearby bar had run into one of the several deep trenches dug in the roadway. It appears that the driver, Carr, was driving on the sidewalk to get around the construction, and he was moving at a fairly decent clip. He claimed he didn't even know there was a body under his truck. The young guy who was killed had just recently come to the area for a new job. He was hit twenty feet from his front door, on the sidewalk.
Idiot police. I wonder how much he paid them?
What makes me sick is the way they're blowing off what this guy did; "mistakes"???? He KILLED someone, fer cryin' out loud. Is he related to Teddy Kennedy or what?
Probably nothing. They took blood for his BAL rather than Breathalizer.
Other than the person he just killed...?
Where-the-hell did they send the blood for testing, Bangaladesh? .............. FRegards
He didn't get it for his reporting skills either.He's not even a good news reader. Just another quota filler.
Maybe Wake Forest Medical Center couldn't handle it. /s
I imagine they're testing for substances other than alcohol but they could have the alcohol level in minutes.
They can have 'alcohol, THC, and coke in minutes, too. Don't ask me how I know that.
What's strange is, why circle-the-wagons over this loser? ............ FRegards
WTF? Is he a Kennedy or something?
I have no idea what's going on with that. He wasn't a "main" anchor for the station. Mornings & some fill in spots. Might be racial. It is Winston afterall. But it's more likely to be some connections of some type here. He probably knows somebody. He didn't knock down a stop sign. Somebody is dead. The written promise to appear makes no sense at all.
This is sickening. Carr's innocent victim should be in people's prayers, not the famous homicidal drunk.
Libloather's got it right. I've watched Tolly Carr grow professionally over the years...but he deserves no more pity than any average Joe that would have committed the same crime. He took a life, & from all accounts I've read (most coming from Casey's family & friends)...Tolly was a belligerent drunk that night....refused the taxi, chucked out of a couple bars...refused help at the scene & argued w/ people about calling 9-1-1. My pity for him is gone & is only growing immensely for Casey's family. I certainly can't blame them for their anger. What a waste of a promising life!