Hit-and-run cases remain unsolved

Published 10:26 am Thursday, August 25, 2016

AHOSKIE – Two deadly hit-and-run accidents, one dating as far back as two years ago, remain unsolved in the Roanoke-Chowan area.

That pair of unsolved mysteries has led the Ahoskie office of the North Carolina Highway Patrol to reach out to the public in an effort to bring closure to the cases as well as to the families of the victims.

“We are requesting the assistance of the public to come forward if they have any information about either of these fatal hit-and-run collisions,” said First Sergeant Mike Warren of the NCHP’s Troop A / District II office in Ahoskie.

Both of the unsolved cases occurred in Bertie County and in each incident the person killed was a pedestrian.

The oldest of the two cases took place in the early morning hours of Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 along a stretch of US 13/17 known as the “Williamston Field” (located between Windsor and Williamston).

There – somewhere around 3 a.m. – a passing motorist reported a body lying in the roadway. That victim, found deceased, was later identified as 29-year-old Victoria Little of 313 South Biggs Street, Apartment B, in Williamston. Warren said Little’s lifeless body was discovered in the right-hand, northbound lane of US 13/17.

“We believe Miss Little was lying in the roadway at the time she was struck by a vehicle that did not stop,” Warren added. “Investigators of that accident were unable to locate any evidence indicating a type, color or make of the involved vehicle.”

At the time of the initial probe into the accident, Warren said the NCHP was trying to put together a timeline of Little’s whereabouts and who she was with in the hours leading up to her death as well as an effort to find the driver of the vehicle that struck and killed the Williamston woman.

The second fatal hit-and-run occurred around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 on NC 42 near Colerain Peanut Company. The victim was 31-year-old Sherman “Wayne” Morning, Jr. of 235 Harrell Road in Colerain.

This case is a bit more complex as the Bertie Sheriff’s Office and Bertie EMS received a call around 11:30 p.m. on Monday, June 22, 2015 about a body in the roadway near the Peanut Company. However, an extensive search by both deputies and EMS personnel of the highway in and around that location turned up nothing.

Approximately two hours later (1:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 23, 2015) a second call was received and this time the caller reported a black male was lying in the road at the same location. This time, when dispatched, authorities discovered a body (later identified as Morning) that appeared to have been struck by a vehicle and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Family members reported that Morning was walking home and that he lived about 2-1/2 miles from where he was struck.

As in the 2014 case, NCHP investigators were unable to locate any evidence indicating a type, color or make of the involved vehicle that failed to stop after striking Morning.

Anyone with information on either of these two fatal hit-and-run cases are encouraged to contact the NCHP’s Ahoskie office at (252) 332-6800.

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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