Carolina Beach police identify victim killed in weekend hit-and-run

Hit and run victim identified

CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. (WECT) - The Carolina Beach Police Department on Monday identified the victim killed in a hit-and-run over the weekend.

Shortly after 12:30 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to reports of a hit-and-run involving a vehicle and pedestrian in the 500 block of Carolina Beach Avenue. Members from the Carolina Beach police and fire departments, Kure Beach Police Department and New Hanover County EMS were dispatched to the scene.

Upon arrival, officers were able to locate the victim — identified as Jeffrey Matlick, 48, of Geneseo, Ill. — who suffered serious, life-threatening injuries. Despite life-saving measures taken by those on the scene, Matlick succumbed to his injuries.

After conducting a nearby search using information given by witnesses of the incident, the suspect vehicle was located. CBPD arrested the driver of the vehicle, 74-year-old Erwin Ellis Williams. Police believe alcohol was a contributing factor in the collision.

Williams has since been charged with felony death by motor vehicle, hit and run causing serious injury or death, and driving while impaired. He is currently being held in the New Hanover County Jail under a $100,000 bond.

The NC Medical Examiner’s Office has been notified will make the official determination on cause of death at a later date.

The incident is still under investigation.

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