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NEW DETAILS: Police locate car from fatal hit and run

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

Columbus County Highway Patrol investigators have located the vehicle that they say is responsible for a hit and run accident that left one man dead.

Officials said it happened on Saturday morning on Hallsboro Road in Columbus County.

The 29-year-old victim, Charles Monroe III, was lying in the roadway when he was hit by the car, according to officials.

According to Sgt. Lewis with the State Highway Patrol, a witness noticed the man lying in the road before the accident happened. The unidentified witness called 911 who instructed him to blow his car horn, according to Lewis. The witness told investigators that he blew the horn several times and then he saw the man moving on the road. The witness told troopers that he then noticed a northbound vehicle approaching the man.

He flashed his headlights to alert the driver. The northbound driver, Magan Soles, 18, told troopers she was blinded by the flashing lights and didn't see Monroe who was reportedly wearing dark clothes. She struck Monroe and kept driving.

Soles told police she didn't know what she had hit and she was scared of the man flashing his lights so she kept driving. Lewis said she later called for a tow truck to pick her car up due to a broken radiator. Lewis said they were able to locate Soles at her house as a result of the tow truck company's records.

Lewis said they are still in the process of gathering information and continuing to investigate.

The Highway Patrol's office has been in contact with the DA's office and will be meeting with him when the information is gathered to discuss possible charges.

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