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Suspect in fatal hit-and-run crash in Johnston County in custody, SHP says

Posted November 15, 2019 9:26 p.m. EST
Updated November 20, 2019 3:38 p.m. EST

— The suspect who had been sought in connection with a hit-and-run crash Friday night in Johnston County that left a woman dead has been arrested, authorities said Wednesday.

State Highway Patrol Sgt. Christopher Knox confirmed to WRAL News that Jeffrey Williams was in custody but other details about his arrest were pending.

According to the Johnston County Sheriff's Office, the crash happened just before 5 p.m. at a home on Old Cornwallis Road near Princeton.

A trooper said the suspect fled the scene immediately after the crash.

His vehicle was located in Princeton, about two miles from the home.

Chuck Willoughby Jr. said his mother, Christine Willoughby, was walking to her mailbox from her house when she was struck and killed. She was 83 years old.

Christine Willoughby

Chuck Willoughby declined further comment for fear of hampering the investigation.

Troopers were still investigating. Anyone with information is asked to contact the N.C. State Highway Patrol.

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