NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The State Highway Patrol has arrested a man in connection to a hit-and-run that injured four pedestrians on Marsh Oaks Drive Saturday, Oct. 10.
According to Assistant District Attorney Samantha Dooies, Aaron Williams, 23, was picked up on the charges Sunday.
During Williams' first court appearance Monday, the District Attorney's Office said highway patrol officials received a phone call over the weekend from a co-worker of Williams who said Williams admitted to hitting the victims. Williams and the co-worker were employed by a powerline company in Pender County.
911 operator: "New Hanover County 911, what is the address of your emergency?"
Caller: "911 I've witnessed a hit and run on a couple of pedestrians."
According to the District Attorney Office, Williams was the one who called 911 after leaving the scene, hiding his vehicle, and coming back to talk to authorities, claiming to be a witness and giving a statement.
911 Operator: "Do they need EMS?"
Caller: "No, no they uh, no I was walking back from a bar and I heard witnesses go like a green SUV hit pedestrians."
The co-worker said Williams met with his crew sometime after the accident, and said the damage to his vehicle was because he hit a deer.
The co-worker went on to say Williams was planning to leave the state and head to Georgia after reportedly giving his two-weeks notice on Oct. 12.
Officials say Williams found a body shop in South Carolina that would fix his vehicle after filing a claim with his insurance company.
According to Highway Patrol troopers, four pedestrians were walking against traffic on the shoulder of Marsh Oaks Drive around 1:50 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. One of the victims told troopers they were walking home from Liberty Tavern when an SUV ran off the road and hit all four pedestrians.
The vehicle was traveling at 25 to 30 mph. Highway patrol confirms that after striking the victims the vehicle drove back into its lane and never stopped.
Three of the victims had minor injuries, two with possible broken legs.
One victim, Jeffery West, 51, is in critical condition.
Williams' next court date is Thursday, Nov. 12.