Driver charged in hit-and-run

Published 10:17 am Friday, November 13, 2009

AHOSKIE – A Gatesville man stands charged with DWI and felony hit-and-run following a Tuesday evening accident involving three vehicles.

Jose Garcia Octavo, 28, of 120 New Road, Gatesville was arrested a short time after the 6:20 p.m. mishap on Memorial Drive.

Octavo was jailed under a $30,000 bond.

According to Ahoskie Police Sgt. Andres Snape, Octavo, operating a 2000 Nissan SUV, apparently crossed Memorial Drive from the Duck Thru convenience store heading towards the entrance of Golden Skillet, attempting to gain access to that entrance on the wrong side.

At that time, Charles Ray of Ahoskie was operating his 2008 Chevrolet truck west on Memorial Drive. Allegedly cut-off by the Octavo vehicle, Ray veered his truck towards the Golden Skillet entrance where it struck a 2001 Ford passenger car operated by Marquis Wilder of Aulander. Wilder’s vehicle was sitting stationary at the intersection’s stop sign at the time of impact.

Sgt. Snape’s report showed that Octavo left the accident scene. After a vehicle description was given out over police radios, the suspect SUV and Octavo were located in a residential area behind Lowes Foods. The vehicle was reportedly owned by Pablo Sanchez of Vass, located in Moore County near Southern Pines.

Ray, Wilder and one passenger in each of their vehicles were transported to Roanoke-Chowan Hospital due to injuries sustained in the accident.