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Suspect in Hit-and-Run Has Lengthy Record

Posted January 31, 2008 5:53 a.m. EST
Updated January 31, 2008 6:48 p.m. EST

— Neither speed nor alcohol appeared to be factors in a hit-and-run that killed a man outside a local shopping center early Thursday morning, investigators said.

Jose Augusto Moreno Neave, 28, hit David Nobles, 28, at about midnight as he has stepped out of a vehicle near the intersection of Farrington Point Road and Governors Drive in front of a local shopping center, authorities said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 1994 Cadillac that struck Nobles was found in a nearby mobile home park, investigators said, and Neave admitted to driving the car.

He faces charges of felony hit-and-run, misdemeanor death by vehicle, failure to notify law enforcement about an accident and driving with a revoked license.

Court records indicate Neave, who was held the Chatham County jail without bond Thursday, has a lengthy record containing dozens of charges, including a pending DWI.

Nobles' sister, Linda McKinney, said she had gone to pick him up when she witnessed the accident.

"In a matter of seconds, I heard a 'Thump, thump,'" she said, adding she was unable to find him after the crash. "He didn't respond when I kept calling his name."

He had been out with friends, McKinney said and had promised to be home soon and had made plans to attend church with her and their mother.

"He didn't ever come back," his mother, Ada Nobles said. "He didn't ever come back. He was supposed to come back to me, and Lord, I have been looking for him."