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Hit-and-run driver sought after moped collision

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From staff reports

Sunday, August 25, 2019

The N.C. Highway Patrol is seeking the driver of a vehicle suspected of colliding with a moped Saturday night and then driving away.

Trooper A.T. Miller said Sunday that Jason Watson, 32, of the 100 block of Kelly Drive, Elizabeth City, was driving a moped north on U.S. Highway 17 when he was struck from behind by a vehicle about a half-mile south of Morgans Corner.

The force of the impact from the collision knocked the moped off the roadway and caused Watson to fall off the moped, Miller said.

The vehicle, described as a light-colored sedan, didn’t stop but continued north on U.S. 17 after the collision, Miller said.

Watson was transported to Sentara Albemarle Medical Center in Elizabeth City for treatment of minor injuries, Miller said.

A spokeswoman for Sentata Healthcare said Sunday evening none of its hospitals were treating a patient named Jason Watson. Typically, that’s an indication a patient has been released. 

Miller said conditions were rainy when the collision occurred. He said the moped’s lights were working and still on after the collision.

The collision was reported at 8:35 p.m., Miller said.

He said anyone with any information about the light-colored sedan or its driver should call the patrol’s Elizabeth City office at 252-340-8240. 

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