A Wilmington man has been identified as the deceased driver of a car that wrecked on Market Street late Tuesday morning.
Ali Iquan Dameish Rouse, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck that occurred in the 1900 block of Market Street shortly after 11 a.m., according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Linda Rawley.
Authorities believe Rouse was shot after a disturbance at a nearby apartment complex in the 2100 block of Market Street, Rawley said.
Rouse was found dead inside a Toyota Camry, which had stuck a Honda CRV heading west on Market and hit a brick wall, Rawley said. The driver of the Honda was not injured.
The 31-year-old woman who was reportedly the driver of the Honda CRV, said she was driving away from downtown Wilmington when she was hit.
“The white Camry was…going towards downtown and I saw [it] coming at me. And then [the car] plowed into me,” the woman told Port City Daily as she waited for a tow company to take her vehicle away from the scene. “I mean it happened very quickly. Like within two seconds.”
When the Honda was hit, the woman said her car was pushed against a tree along Market Street. After the wreck, she crawled out of the passenger side into nearby bushes because she couldn’t get out of the driver’s side door.
Crime scene tape surrounded the wreck site, blocking the roadway between the 1900 and 2000 blocks of Market Street. Both East and westbound lanes of Market were closed to traffic until about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, as multiple officers and detectives investigated the scene.
Rawley said police are speaking with a person of interest, but no charges have been filed in connection with the case.
This is the second incident in three days of a fatal shooting involving a motorist who crashed his car. Around 2:30 a.m. Sunday Wilmington police found a 33-year-old man dead of a gunshot wound in his car, which had crashed at South Sixth and Kidder streets. The man was in the driver’s seat of the car.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Wilmington Police Department at (910) 343-3609 or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES. Start your message with Tip708, then type your tip.
Christina Haley is a crime and courts reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6337 or firstname.lastname@example.org.