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UPDATE: Man accused in deadly apartment crash makes first court appearance

Published: Dec. 4, 2021 at 7:50 AM EST
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - A 23-year-old man made his first appearance in New Hanover County Court Monday, accused of killing a woman after crashing his car into her apartment building over the weekend.

Wilmington Police say Kelley Prince, from Wilmington, died at New Hanover Regional Medical Center after the crash early Saturday morning. Prince’s boyfriend, Luis Rodrigues, is in serious condition.

Police later arrested Walter Wade Ange, and charged him with felony hit and run resulting in death, felony hit and run resulting in serious injury, reckless driving, and a stop sign violation. They say he fled the scene after crashing into the Hawthorne Commons apartment complex on Tarheel Court around 2:54 a.m. Saturday.

Judge Robin Robinson left Ange in jail under a $100,000 secured bond. If he is able to make bond, he will be required to wear an ankle monitor and a device that monitors for alcohol consumption. Ange’s next court date is scheduled for December 16.

Ange hired attorney Jimmy McGee to represent him. Several of his friends and family members were in court Monday. They declined to comment to WECT.

Police say the case is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call WPD at 910-343-3609 or send a message to 847411 using the keyword WPDNC. You can also use the Tip 411 app.

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