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Wilson police are searching for a driver who struck and killed a man in an early Saturday hit-and-run crash.
Police say 34-year-old Raymundo Orozco of Edge Street in Bailey died after being hit by a car witnesses described as a white four-door vehicle. The crash happened around 2:17 a.m. Saturday on the 5800 block of Ward Boulevard, which is near the intersection of Ward Boulevard and Nash Street.
Officers arrived to find Orozco severely injured and not breathing, Wilson police spokesman Sgt. Steve Stroud said. Police and medics were unable to revive the victim.
State law requires any driver "who knows or reasonably should know" that his or her vehicle was involved in a crash to immediately stop the vehicle at the scene.
"The driver shall remain with the vehicle at the scene of the crash until a law enforcement officer completes the investigation of the crash or authorizes the driver to leave and the vehicle to be removed, unless remaining at the scene places the driver or others at significant risk of injury," states N.C. General Statute 20-166(2).
Motorists who fail to stop at a crash scene when the crash results in a death can be charged with a Class F felony, which carries a presumptive sentence of 13-16 months for a defendant with no prior convictions.
The Wilson Police Department's Strategic Traffic Enforcement Patrol is investigating the fatal hit-and-run and is requesting help from the public to identify the vehicle involved.
Police said the car witnesses described may be a Toyota and will have significant front and front driver's side damage, with the driver's side headlight destroyed.
Anyone with information on the crash, additional details about the vehicle involved or the driver's identity is asked to call the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.