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Driver flees from fatal hit-and-run

MILLENNIUM – The North Carolina Highway Patrol office in Ahoskie is seeking a motorist who fled the scene of a fatal hit-and-run accident near here Saturday night.

Anner Diann Burke, 61, of Aulander died in that accident and her 16-year-old son, Jaleel Burke, was injured.

The Highway Patrol is attempting to locate Juan Magzul, believed to be the driver of a 1997 Ford Explorer that, according to the accident report, veered left of center and struck Burke’s 1998 Toyota passenger car head-on on NC 11 just south of the Hollowell Road intersection. Burke was traveling south at the time of the accident, which was reported at 9:24 p.m.

The Ford Explorer was found abandoned at the accident scene upon the arrival of emergency responders.

NC Highway Patrol Trooper S.C. Hegmann’s report showed that the Explorer was registered to Magzul. His address was listed in Gates County; however, he is believed to be living in the Murfreesboro area, according to the Highway Patrol.

Those who may have witnessed the accident are urged to contact the Highway Patrol’s Ahoskie office at 252-332-6800.

The fatality was the 12th of the year in the Highway Patrol’s Troop A / District II area (Bertie, Gates and Hertford counties). Three of those fatalities have occurred in Hertford County.

About Cal Bryant

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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