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Troopers: North Carolina man involved in hit-and-runs killed

February 7, 2022 GMT

KENANSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A man who authorities believe was involved in a hit-and-run in North Carolina was killed in a separate crash, according to the N.C. State Highway Patrol.

The patrol said Jose Carmen Sanchez Gonzalez, 43, of Rose Hill, was killed on U.S. Highway 117 near the town of Rose Hill on Saturday when his vehicle hit a car head-on, WITN reported.

Officials believe Gonzalez was involved in another crash at a restaurant parking lot before he left the scene and then rear-ended another car after he drove away, leading to the collision that killed him.

The other driver in the head-on collision is hospitalized in critical but stable condition, the patrol said. While an investigation continues, the patrol confirmed that alcohol was involved.