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Man Dies After Hit And Run On I-40; Suspect Arrested

Posted August 21, 2002

— One of the two people seriously injured Tuesday night when their motorcycle was hit by a fast moving car along Interstate 40 West in Durham has died.

Officers arrested Sean Stewart, 25, of Durham and charged him with felony hit-and-run in connection with the accident that fatally injured Joseph Johnson, 44, of Raleigh.

Stewart was released from Durham County Jail Wednesday morning after posting a $10,000 bond.

Later Wednesday morning, Durham police took out another warrant charging Stewart with felonious involuntary manslaughter.

The accident happened between the Page Road and Miami Boulevard exits around 10:30 p.m.

Police said Johnson was driving a Suzuki motorcycle in the center westbound lane when his motorcycle was struck from behind by a black Lexus. The Lexus pushed the motorcycle, which was wedged under the front of the car, for more than 100 feet.

Police said the driver of the Lexus fled the scene before officers arrived.

Johnson and a passenger, Jamazina V. Stackhouse of Durham, were thrown from the motorcycle. Police said they were both wearing helmets.

Stackhouse was taken to the hospital for treatment of scrapes and bruises on her arms, legs and face.

Police officers followed a trail of scuff marks, gouges and debris for more than three miles before tracking down the vehicle.


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