Brad Venticinque charged with felony hit and run following an accident on I-40 that severed a Wilmington teenager's arm. (Source: WPD)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -
The man driving the vehicle that crashed into a guardrail on I-40 and severed a Wilmington teenager's arm has been arrested.
According to the Wilmington Police Department, officers served a warrant Monday for 31-year-old Brad Venticinque in reference to an accident on I-40 that severed the right arm of the then 18-year-old Zachary Hunter.
Officers received information on Venticinque that led them to a residence on Kubeck Court where they made contact with a person and were allowed to go in and search for him.
As officers were searching they noted damage to the ceiling of the home and searched the attic, where they found Venticinque hiding.
Officers surrounded Venticinque and took him into custody. Venticinque was charged with felony hit and run and is the New Hanover County Jail under a $100,000 secured bond.
Highway Patrol say that Venticinque and Hunter were traveling west on I-40 around 6 p.m. when Venticinque's car slightly ran off the road causing him to over-correct.
Troopers say that when Venticinque over-corrected, he ran into the median and then hit the guardrail before the car went in between or under some cables, which severed Hunter's right arm.
Officials say that witnesses saw Venticinque leaving the scene in another vehicle after EMS arrived on scene to treat Hunter.
Hunter believes that Venticinque was texting during the time of the accident.
Following the accident, Hunter was taken Duke Hospital where he underwent two surgeries and has since been able to walk and write his name with his left hand (he is right handed).
Hunter is recovering however he still has many doctor appointments and physical therapy appointments in the near future.
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