Rabah Samara might feel sorry for the death of Tar Heel Sports Network reporter Stephen Gates - but Samara's regret doesn't make up for the fact that justice ultimately was not served.
Samara was found not guilty of hit-and-run charges in relation to the car accident that killed Gates. The jury found that the wording of N.C. law didn't qualify the incident as a hit-and-run.
The state rule must be changed so that someone is held accountable should a similar case come to court in the future.
The situation was complicated because after Gates was hit, Samara took over the wheel for Emily Caveness, an N.C. State University senior who was driving at the time of the accident.
Neither Caveness nor Samara was charged with the actual death of Gates because North Carolina law states that "the driver of any vehicle who knows or reasonably should know - that the vehicle which he is operating is involved in an accident or collision; and that the accident or collision has resulted in injury or death to any person - shall immediately stop his vehicle at the scene of the accident or collision. ... He shall remain at the scene of the accident until a law-enforcement officer completes his investigation of the accident or collision or authorizes him to leave."