Hit-and-run suspect arrested by highway patrol

KENLY — The State Highway Patrol has located and charged a 19-year-old suspect in connection with a serious hit-and-run accident in Johnston County.

Steven Teodoror Rodriguez of Kenly was arrested Wednesday afternoon by state troopers. Rodriguez is charged with hit and run with injury, no operator license, expired registration, no inspection and no insurance.

Around 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, a man traveling south on Interstate 95 near Kenly swerved his Honda Civic to avoid tire debris on the roadway. He lost control of his car, which overturned and ended up on its roof between the freeway and the parallel Old Route 22.

The victim was uninjured in the first crash and was standing next to his overturned Honda. Soldiers said that’s when Steven Rodriguez allegedly drove near the wreckage, hitting the pedestrian and fleeing the scene.

The NC State Highway Patrol is investigating a hit and run accident on October 11, 2022 near Kenly. Photo by John Payne

The victim was seriously injured and rushed to Wake Mad. At last report, the man was in stable condition. His name has not been released pending an accident report.

Rodriguez was held on $30,000 bail at Johnston County Jail. At the last check on Thursday, he was still incarcerated.

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