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Man arrested in connection with fatal hit-and-run in Fayetteville

Posted June 12, 2015

— A 30-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a fatal hit-and-run that happened early Friday near the intersection of Center and Craven streets in Fayetteville.

According to investigators, Jimmy Gilchrist ran a stop sign in a GMC Yukon while traveling north on Center Street at about 3 a.m. and hit the driver's side of a Chevrolet Aveo. Gilchrist fled from the vehicle after the collision, authorities said. He was arrested Friday morning on Cedar Creek Road without incident.

Joseph Snoke, 28, and Kesha Oxendine, 37, were taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where Snoke was pronounced dead. Oxendine was listed in critical condition Friday morning.

Fayetteville police spokesman Todd Joyce said the Aveo traveled 100 feet after the crash.

"It came to rest and Mr. Gilchrist's vehicle came to rest right beside a house. He didn't hit the house, but it was very close," he said.

Authorities said Gilchrist was involved in another hit-and-run involving two vehicles at a Cook Out on Owen Drive just prior to the fatal wreck. Joyce said Gilchrist fell asleep in his car while waiting to order.

"Someone went to rouse him. When that occurred, he hit a vehicle in front of him, backed up and hit another vehicle and took off," Joyce said.

Cellphone video from the incident at the restaurant helped authorities identify Gilchrist, Joyce said.

Officers found him walking along the road just after 9 a.m. and arrested him without incident.

Gilchrist was charged with voluntary manslaughter, felonious hit-and-run and careless and reckless driving in connection with the fatal crash. He was also charged with misdemeanor hit-and-run and driving with a revoked license in connection with the collision at Cook Out.

Anyone with information about the wreck should call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1143 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.


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  • Olivier Muhire Jun 13, 2015
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    My boy did not deserve to die like this...Rest in peace Joze Mo.

  • Jamie Escobedo Jun 12, 2015
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    This pos took the life of a 7 yr old's father. How are we suppose to tell her?

  • Anthony Snark Jun 12, 2015
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    It's not either or. If they catch someone in a fatal hit and run after they get away, they will be charged with both hit and run and vehicular manslaughter(it's not murder, which requires intent.)

    If you meant hit and run vs dwi then I understand because, if they get away for enough time, the alcohol will leave their system and they can avoid the dwi.

  • Amy Singleton Jun 12, 2015
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    Posted it before but here goes again... He was drunk, he ran. Why wouldn't he?

    In NC the maximum sentence for felony hit and run is 2 years. They'll have to charge him with something greater to get more time. With the max sentence for hit and run being 2 years and the sentences for murder being 20 years+ the law is nothing but incentive for drunk drivers involved in an accident to flee. Felony hit and run has to carry a stronger sentence. Apparently too many legislators have an interest in drunk driving... they've failed all calls to address this DUI accident loophole.

  • Bernadette Dan Unger Jun 12, 2015
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    This should cost him about 20 years but we all know he probably will not do any time with a plea deal and all that mess. Sad a family was shattered like this and he will not be held accountable.