Hit-and-Run Driver Kills and Flees
Hit and Run; Hit & Run
Posted: Today at 4:56 p.m.
Updated: Today at 7:20 p.m.
Garner â€” Police are searching for a driver who fled a DWI checkpoint and killed another motorist along Highway 70 in Garner overnight Saturday.
A driver fled from a checkpoint operated by Wake County sheriff's deputies at Legend Road and Highway 401 in Garner around 12:30 a.m., said Garner police.
"He was definitely trying to get away - there's no question about that - at a high rate of speed, in a very reckless manner," said Sgt. Joe Binns of the Garner police.
Sheriff's deputies began to chase the driver but lost sight of him a little way down the road and stopped the pursuit, said Garner police.
The driver continued along U.S. 401 to U.S. Highway 70, where he hit a moped at the intersection with Loop Road.
The driver of the moped was killed instantly, said police.
A second passenger on the moped, Jesus Gonzalez Orozco, 25, was seriously injured, according to police.
"At that speed, at 12:30 in the morning, it's very difficult to see. These people in the moped ... they didn't even see him coming," said Binns.
The suspect drove away and hit a second vehicle while exiting from U.S. 70 onto Vandora Srping Road. The occupants of the second vehicle suffered only minor injuries, said officials.
The suspect then ran his car off the side of the road near a British Petroleum gas station. He abandoned his car and ran away on foot, said police.
Orozco is in serious condition at WakeMed's intensive care unit.
Police have not released the names of any of the other victims as they are notifying family.
Police have not released a suspect description and said they are in the early stages of the investigation.
The Sheriff's Traffic Observation Patrol of the Wake County Sheriff's Office, along with eight other law-enforcement agencies, conducted a number of DWI checkpoints Saturday night, officials said.
The STOP Team charged 140 people with various violations, including 17 DWIs, two concealed-weapons charges, drug offenses and motor vehicle infractions, said officials.
* Reporter: Erin Coleman