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Truck driver faces murder charge in hit-and-run that killed girl

Posted September 18, 2013 6:12 p.m. EDT

— A truck driver from Roseboro accused of passing a stopped school bus in April and killing a 7-year-old girl is now facing a second-degree murder charge, according to court records.

According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Johnny Allen Spell was driving a logging truck on April 23 when he hit Alyiah McKenzie Morgan at the bus stop near her Harrells home and kept driving.

Morgan, a first-grader at Union Elementary School in Clinton, died on her way to a local hospital. Spell, 38, was arrested several hours later and charged with driving while impaired while operating a commercial motor vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and felony hit and run.

His charges have been upgraded to include second-degree murder, driving without an operator's license and passing a stopped school bus.