Local News

Suspect Named in Fatal Hit-and-Run

Posted October 18, 2007 3:03 p.m. EDT

— Police on Thursday named a Selma man a suspect in a weekend hit-and-run in which the victim later died.

Vela Marcelo Mendoza, 44, of 1205 N. Pollock St. in Selma, owns the minivan police believe was involved in the Sunday night hit-and-run. Police have been unable to locate Mendoza since then.

Dayna Wiggs, 25, of Goldsboro, was crossing U.S. Highway 70 at Edwards Road when she was struck by a vehicle, police said.

Mendoza's 1997 Chevrolet minivan was found abandoned a short time later on Princeton-Kenly Road. The vehicle had front-end damage, and fabric found on the exterior was determined to be similar to the clothing Wiggs was wearing when she was struck, police said.

Anyone with any information on Mendoza's whereabouts is asked to call Princeton police at 919-936-5131.