Metro Police have made an about face and dismissed vehicular homicide charges leveled against a convicted felon and suspected drunken driver.
Hakeem Raqeeb, formerly known as Carl Anthony Simmons, was charged in late November death of Perry Dale III, who vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a utility pole and several small trees near Charlotte Pike and 26th Avenue.
Witnesses described Raqeeb’s vehicle to police, and he was later arrested and jailed. Police determined that Raqeeb was involved in a hit and run collision with another vehicle nearby, but had no impact on Dale’s situation.
A Metro Police news release issued at the time of Raqeeb’s arrest has been deleted from the department’s online archives.
Police originally thought Raqeeb struck Dale’s vehicle and caused him to run off the road. They later learned that Dale suffered a heart attack.
Despite the charges being dropped, Raqeeb, who was driving on a suspended license, is still being held on a violation of probation warrant.