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Halifax man gets probation for fatal hit-and-run

Posted May 8, 2012 11:35 a.m. EDT
Updated May 8, 2012 1:47 p.m. EDT

— A judge sentenced a Halifax man to probation for misdemeanor convictions in a hit-and-run that killed a Weldon woman last year.

Jonathan Wilson, 18, was convicted of two counts of misdemeanor hit-and-run with personal injury in connection with the July 14, 2011 wreck that killed Tomekia Richardson, 25, and injured Natasha Pitchford, 22, of Roanoke Rapids.

A judge sentenced Wilson to 90 days in jail but suspended it in place of 10 years' probation.

Wilson said he swerved to miss a bicycle and hit the women who were crossing N.C. Highway 1651. He told authorities that he fled the scene because he was afraid.