State Highway Patrol asking for public to help solve hit-and-run

From staff reportsJuly 8, 2013 

— The N.C. Highway Patrol is asking for the public’s help in finding an older-model, green Honda that troopers believe critically injured a pedestrian Thursday night in eastern Wake County and then fled the scene.

A witness told troopers that the Honda was behind him while he was using a ramp from Smithfield Road to the westbound side of the U.S. 64 Bypass, 1st Sgt. Jeff Gordon, a Highway Patrol spokesman, said Friday.

The driver told troopers he saw the Honda swerve onto the right shoulder of the ramp, and it hit a man, stopped briefly and then drove away west on the bypass about 10:45 p.m., Gordon said.

The walker, whose identity troopers have not released, was in critical condition Friday at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh, according to officials.

The Honda, they said, will have heavy front-end damage and will be missing its headlights.

“It’s not missing all of it’s bumper, but a portion of it,” Sgt. J. A. Starling said Friday afternoon. “We think it’s going to be the left side. We’re still running leads and looking at everything we can.”

Troopers asked that anyone with information about the hit-and-run or any car resembling the one they were seeking call the Raleigh State Highway Patrol Communication Center at 919-733-3861 or the Troop C District State Highway Patrol office at 919-733-4400.

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