Law enforcement agencies are investigating the death of a Pasquotank County man who apparently was run over by a vehicle as he lay in a roadway.
Trooper D.M. Banks of the N.C. Highway Patrol said Marcus Lee Gay, 23, of Creek Road, died after a truck driven by William Worley, 20, of the 2500 block of Main Street Extended, ran over him on Lovers Lane early Sunday morning.
According to Banks, Gay had been at a residence on Possum Quarter Road earlier in the evening and planned to return there on foot after a visit to his home on Creek Road.
Around 3 a.m., Worley, who had been at a residence on Vine Street earlier in the evening, was heading west on Lovers Lane in a 1998 Dodge Ram pickup truck when he struck something in the roadway, Banks said.
“He knew he had hit something,” Banks said.
Instead of immediately stopping, Worley drove back to the Vine Street address, where he checked out the front end of his truck for damage, Banks said.
Not finding any, Worley drove back to Lovers Lane where he saw Gay’s body, lying prone on the west side of the roadway, Banks said. Worley called 911 and reported what happened, Banks said.
Gay was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.
Banks said Worley told Pasquotank Sheriff’s deputies that about 10 minutes elapsed between when he says he struck something in the roadway and when he returned and found Gay’s body.
“He says he didn’t see him,” Banks said.
Banks noted there are no streetlights in the area where the incident happened.
“It’s completely dark,” he said.
Worley was interviewed by Pasquotank sheriff’s deputies at the scene, Banks said.
Sheriff Tommy Wooten said Monday he couldn’t discuss the incident because it’s still under investigation. He referred a reporter to the Highway Patrol, who he said was the lead investigating agency in the incident.
Banks said it’s unclear if alcohol was involved in the incident. He said he drew a blood sample from Worley at the scene early Sunday. The Medical Examiner’s Office will do the same with Gay’s body, he said. He wasn’t sure when analysis of the blood samples would be completed.
No charges have been filed in the incident, Banks said. He said the patrol is awaiting a determination by the District Attorney’s Office on whether charges are warranted in the matter.
“In any kind of death-by-vehicle incident, we go through the DA’s Office” before filing charges, he said.