Hit & run suspect surrenders

Published 9:32 am Monday, September 22, 2014

AHOSKIE – An Ahoskie man has admitted guilt for leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident that occurred here Wednesday afternoon.

William Walter Harmon III, 31, of 414 Holloman Avenue, Ahoskie, voluntarily surrendered to Ahoskie Police one day after the incident. He was charged with felony hit and run, along with an outstanding order of arrest for child support.

Harmon was given a $3,000 secured bond, which he was unable to post. He remains behind bars in the Hertford County Detention Center awaiting a Sept. 25 court date.

Ahoskie Police Chief Troy Fitzhugh said that at 5:01 p.m. on Sept. 17, his officers responded to a two-vehicle accident that took place on North Catherine Creek Road near East Main Street. Upon arrival, APD officers noted only one vehicle at the scene – a 2004 GMC Envoy owned by William Henry Speller. The other vehicle, allegedly driven by Harmon who had left the scene, was described as a 2000 Ford Explorer, green in color.

Initially, APD officers were involved with working collectively to assist Hertford County EMS with the injuries sustained by Speller and one passenger in the crash. Both were transported to Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital where they were treated and released.

As they began to develop leads about the vehicle that had left the scene, the APD officers were assisted by a local citizen. That information led officers to locate the 2000 Ford Explorer parked behind a residence at 414 Holloman Ave.

“That vehicle, green in color, had damages consistent with the damages on the victim’s vehicle,” Fitzhugh said. “Additionally, the Ford Explorer had fluids leaking from underneath.”

Fitzhugh added that evidence was collected and the Explorer was towed at the order of the Ahoskie Police due to it being suspected in a felony hit and run case.

“With the permission of the occupants at 414 Holloman Avenue, we searched that residence in an effort to locate Mr. Harmon, but were unable to locate him there,” Fitzhugh said.

At around 12 noon on Sept. 18, Harmon came to the Ahoskie Police Department where he admitted, in a statement given to APD Investigator Justin Farmer, that he had left the scene of the Wednesday afternoon accident.

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Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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