WPD: Man flees scene of hit and run, leaves three kids in vehicle

Hit and run involves three cars and a house

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - A man is accused a fleeing the scene and leaving a female and three children in a car after a hit-and-run accident led to a vehicle hitting a house Sunday.

Wilmington Police say that around 12:15 p.m. on Sunday, a driver hit a car near Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway and McRae St. and continued to flee where the suspect car then hit another car, a Kia, at N. 6th and Harnett, causing the Kia to crash into a house.

Police say though that no one in the home was injured. The driver of the Kia however, had to be cut out of the vehicle and was transported to NHRMC with non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect driver reportedly fled on foot, leaving a female passenger and three kids still in the car. Officers were able to quickly apprehend the suspect and the female passenger.

Kenneth Simpson
Kenneth Simpson (Source: New Hanover Co. Detention Center)

Kenneth Dywane Simpson, 36, was arrested and charged with:

  • Child abuse
  • Injury to real property
  • Injury to personal property
  • Hit and run causing serious injury
  • Resisting/delaying/obstructing public officers
  • Speeding to elude arrest with aggravating factors
  • Hit and run/failure to stop/leaving the scene of property damage

The children were assessed at the scene by EMS and did not need to be transported to NHRMC and were handed over to the Department of Social Services.

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