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Pine Level Man To Face Hit-And-Run Charges

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SMITHFIELD, N.C. — A Johnston County man charged in deadly hit-and-run is out of jail after posting bond early Friday morning.

Phillip Lee Hicks, Jr., of Pine Level, was been charged with felonious hit-and-run in the death of 50-year-old Kenneth Ray Pilkington.

Pilkington's body was found in a ditch along Industrial Park Drive by a passerby on Wednesday.

Hicks, and the vehicle he was driving at the time of the hit-and-run, were located in Atlantic Beach.Hicks contacted family members about turning himself in; family members contacted authorities.He was located and voluntarily returned to Smithfield.

Hicks' first court appearance was continued until May 20.

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