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Police Know Real Identity Of Man Accused Of Hitting Teens With SUV

Posted December 6, 2005 4:35 a.m. EST

— Goldsboro police say they now know the real identity of a Mount Olive man accused of hitting two middle school students with his sport utility vehicle last month.

On Nov. 18, authorities arrested a man who was identified as Luis Delgado Jesus on charges related to the injuries of Carson Thomas and Mackenzie Wessels, both 13. Later, however, police said they received information that the suspect did not give his real name.

Now, they have identified the man as Wilder Mejia. He faces several charges, including two counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury; careless and reckless driving; failing to stop at a red light; driving with expired tags; and driving with a revoked license.

Thomas and Wessels were hit as they walked across a road next to Greenwood Middle School before classes on Nov. 18. Investigators said the two were crossing with the "walk" signal from the crosswalk sign.

Wessels was treated at Pitt Memorial Hospital and released days later; Thomas is still being treated at the hospital.