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Updated: 8:47 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19, 2005 | Posted: 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, 2005
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
A father said Thursday night that deputies should be held accountable for their actions in a chase that resulted in the death of their daughter.
Nicola Robinson died when a fleeing truck crashed into a motorcycle she was riding a week ago on Sugar Creek Road in north Charlotte.
Robinson's parents, Bill and Shirley, listened Thursday night to a tape obtained by Eyewitness News of radio transmissions between a dispatcher and Cabarrus County deputies involved in the chase.
The pursuit began in Cabarrus County when deputies said they spotted two men trying to break into drink machines.
Deputies chased the men in a truck down Interstate 85 toward Charlotte.
The tape reveals the end of the chase when one deputy radioed the dispatcher that the truck "...just got off the exit ramp at Sugar Creek."
Moments later the deputy describes the wreckage of "...two vehicles --a motorcycle and a truck."
A deputy later tells the dispatcher that he's "...got two patients. We need EMS."
The crash killed Nicola Robinson and seriously injured the driver of the motorcycle.
After listening to the tape, Shirley Robinson questioned the pursuit saying, "for those guys not to have guns, they had no right to chase them like that."
Bill Robinson said "somebody has to be held accountable" for what happened.
The Cabarrus County Sheriff's Department said shortly after the chase that the two suspects were caught committing a felony and that it's the department's policy to pursue in felony cases.
Cleveland County deputies arrested the driver of the truck three days later after a second chase near Shelby.
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