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Cary Man Arrested In Fatal Garner Hit-And-Run

Posted January 22, 2006

— Authorities have arrested a suspect in connection with a hit-and-run Friday night who allegedly left a man to die in a ditch.

David Scott was arrested Friday night and taken to the Wake County Jail after police found him at a bar in Apex. Authorities said he tried to run when police spotted him, but was caught after a short foot chase.

Police said Scott had originally agreed to surrender to police by noon on Friday, but when he never showed up, authorities began a countywide search for him.

"We contacted him, let him know what we were doing and we needed to talk to him and he was supposed to come in at 12 noon," said Sgt. Joe Binns, with the Garner Police Department.

Scott was wanted on a felony charge for a hit-and-run collision that happened early Wednesday morning. Police said he drove his minivan into Johnny Pilkington as Pilkington was crossing over Highway 70 in Garner, near Mechanical Drive.

"We saw the police cars, and then I saw his body lying there," said Angela Gonzalez, Pilkinton's fiancée, shortly after his death. "Whether it was on purpose or an accident, the least they could have done is call police and say there's a body on the side of the road, or even come out and tell the truth, 'I hit a guy. I am at fault.'"

Garner police recovered Scott's minivan. They said the evidence they found inside ties him to the accident.

According to court records, Scott has a long criminal history that includes assault with a deadly weapon and a prior DWI conviction. Police do not know yet if alcohol played a role in this collision.

Scott was released Saturday morning on $20,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court Monday afternoon.

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