Another student pedestrian struck near Jacksonville High School yesterday

Another student pedestrian incident occurred outside of Jacksonville High School yesterday. This raises the statistical tally to the third incident in only a few months. The first in this recent sequence occurred in December was a hit and run where the driver fled the scene, the second earlier this month in February involving a bus where no charges were filed, it is believed to have been ruled an accident and now this incident where the driver also fled the scene.

Jacksonville Police quickly charged the woman last night that is accused of striking a 16-year-old pedestrian in a marked crossing and then leaving the scene near Jacksonville High School.

“The pedestrian was transported to a local medical facility for treatment with non-life-threatening injuries,” said Lt. Lance Greenwood.

Jacksonville Police responded to a traffic crash that occurred at 7:38 yesterday evening on Henderson Drive. Jacksonville Police Officers quickly located the vehicle and apprehended the driver.

Jacksonville officials have previously sought assistance from the NC Department of Transportation for safety improvements in the area.

Valencia Iyona Venerable, 23, of Jacksonville was arrested and charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Failure to Yield at a Pedestrian Crossing. Her bond was set at $5,000 unsecured bond.

“The Jacksonville Police Department is strictly enforcing pedestrian crossings and encourages motorists to pay attention to all intersections and crosswalks in which pedestrians may be crossing,” stated Deputy Chief Ronnie Dorn supervisor of the Patrol and Field Operations Division.

The investigation into the incident continues, and anyone with information is asked to contact Officer James Smallwood, JPD Traffic Division, at 910-938-6435 or jsmallwood@jacksonvillenc.gov.

UPDATE: Wilmington PD made arrest in pedestrian hit and run

UPDATE 2/13/19: Wilmington Police arrested Courtnay Danielle Lawrence, 21, Tuesday evening. Lawrence is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, felony hit and run and driving without a license. The investigation into a hit and run revealed Lawrence intentionally attempted to strike a pedestrian, who is the father of her four children, and did strike the pedestrian with whom he was walking on Rutledge Drive last week. Magistrate Laura Barnes issued Lawrence a $25,000 unsecured bond.


WANTED: Wilmington Police are searching for Courtnay Danielle Lawrence, 22, for her involvement in a hit and run that left a pedestrian with multiple injuries.

Police identified Lawrence as the driver of the suspect vehicle on Rutledge Drive Wednesday morning after receiving multiple tips from the public. The male pedestrian has been identified and has a known dating relationship with Lawrence.

Investigators located a photo of Lawrence posing with the damaged car, a 2016 Hyundai Elantra, that was posted to social media immediately after the incident.

Police obtained warrants for Lawrence for assault with a deadly weapon, hit and run failure to give information/aid to personal injury, and driving without a license.

WPD issued a public statement on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 in regards to the initial incident where a surveillance camera nearby captured the entire scene on camera.

The victim told officers she was walking back from the store with an acquaintance when she heard a horn honking  and saw the man whom she was walking with jump out of the way around 9:50 a.m. Wednesday. The driver of the vehicle was then believed to have intentionally swerved off the roadway to strike the pedestrians. The suspect struck the victim on her right hip, launching her into the air several feet, before landing her on her left side. The victim suffered multiple injuries to her head, shoulder, hips and knees.

After nearly being struck, the male pedestrian fled the scene and did not return to provide his information.

Video received from Wilmington PD.

REWARD:
Crime Stoppers of the Lower Cape Fear, in conjunction with the Wilmington Police Department, is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the woman who is seen on video purposely striking the pedestrian with her car on Rutledge Drive Wednesday morning and then fleeing the scene.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call WPD at (910) 343-3609 or use Text A Tip to remain anonymous.

WANTED: Wilmington PD searching for Carlos Santos for involvement in hit and run

WANTED: Wilmington Police are searching for Carlos Roberto Santos, 27, after a tip came in last week that he was involved in the hit and run of a motorcyclist earlier this month.

Carlos Santos, Son (WANTED)

Around 5:20 p.m. on Jan. 9, a motorcyclist failed to yield while crossing the intersection at 7th and Wooster Streets when Santos, driving a 2004 Gold GMC, struck the victim, ejecting him roughly 15 feet into the air before landing on the pavement. The victim suffered several injuries, and his motorcycle was totaled. His father, Carlos Alberto Santos, also of Leland, is the owner of the suspect vehicle but refused to give WPD the name of the driver to whom he loaned his vehicle.

Carlos Santos, Father

After WPD offered a reward for information in this hit and run, a tipster came forward and was able to identify Santos as the operator of the vehicle. Investigators then confirmed with witnesses that Santos was the driver.

He is charged with hit and run leaving the scene of an accident with injuries and driving while license revoked.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact WPD at 910.343.3609 or use Text A Tip.

Woman charged after attempted hit and run by Jacksonville High School

Update – Crash Investigation

Arrest made after Pedestrian Struck on Henderson Drive (posted 12-18-18)

Jacksonville Police Department has made an arrest in conjunction with the investigation a traffic crash that occurred at 6:50 this morning on Henderson Drive in the vicinity of Jacksonville High School in which a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle that left the scene. Officers quickly located the vehicle and apprehended the driver.

The preliminary investigation has found that Tasia Da-ne White, 31, of Jacksonville, was driving a 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage when she struck a pedestrian, a 16-year old student at Jacksonville High School. White did not stop to report the crash and left the area. The pedestrian was airlifted with serious but not life-threatening injuries. White’s charges and bond are detailed below.

Police Chief Mike Yaniero urges caution in school zones as they remain a place where drivers should be on the alert each school day. “The Jacksonville Police Traffic Division has been conducting proactive traffic enforcement between the two school zones, focusing speeding violators.” said Chief Yaniero. This enforcement effort began shortly after Thanksgiving when school resumed classes. Between November 26 the December 7th, officers issued 136 citations for speeding. These included 72 Speeding in a School Zone citations. Speeding in a school zone carries a fine of $250 and court costs at a minimum of $188.

“The focused enforcement and improved pedestrian crossing have resulted in greater safety for the students, but drivers have a responsibility to obey the posted speed limits and traffic regulations.” said Chief Yaniero. As is customary, a review will be made of the crossing.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer William Hollis, JPD Traffic Division, at 910-938-6435 or whollis@jacksonvillenc.gov or citizens may call Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273 with information.

Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information that is determined to be of assistance to law enforcement. Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

Tasia Da-ne White, 31

$10,000 Secured Bond

Felony Hit and Run Inflicting Serious Injury

Failure to Yield to a Pedestrian

Original report: https://onslowbeat.com/2018/12/18/attempted-hit-and-run-leaves-jacksonville-high-school-student-in-critical-condition/

Attempted hit and run leaves Jacksonville High School student in critical condition

UPDATED STORY: Tasia D. White arrested in the hit and run incident outside of Jacksonville High today.

Reports began to come into The Onslow Beat around 7:15am this morning with much emotion about a Jacksonville High School student being struck by a vehicle in or about the crosswalk on Henderson Dr. this morning and the vehicle left the scene. One citizen who was in the area this morning said, “it looked really bad….life flight landed on the field and took him.”  Parents have been concerned about the safety of this crosswalk for a long time. Their concerns aren’t because students don’t use the flashing signage to alert drivers they’re crossing, but because drivers have been observed passing through the lanes while the lights are flashing and students crossing.

Jacksonville Police Department issued a press release this morning with information on this traffic incident that occurred at 6:50AM this morning on Henderson Drive in the vicinity of Jacksonville High School. One student pedestrian was struck by a vehicle that left the scene. Officers quickly located the vehicle and apprehended the driver. Charges are pending.

“The pedestrian has been transported for medical treatment,” said Deputy Chief Ashely Weaver. “We are in the preliminary stages of this investigation and are unable to release additional information at this time.”

Police Chief Mike Yaniero urges drivers to use caution in school zones as they remain a place where drivers should be on alert each school day. “The improved pedestrian crossing has resulted in greater safety for the students, but drivers have a responsibility to obey the law for the crossing,” said Chief Yaniero. As is customary, a review will be made of the crossing.

There’s been no information released on the identity of the student at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer William Hollis, JPD Traffic Division, at 910-938-6435 or whollis@jacksonvillenc.gov or citizens, may call Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273 with information.

Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information that is determined to be of assistance to law enforcement. Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637
(CRIMES).