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Wilmington man charged in fatal January hit-and-run on Shipyard Boulevard

WILMINGTON — Detectives with the Wilmington Police Department have made an arrest in a fatal hit-and-run that killed 24-year-old April Marie Daugherty.

Jamell Antonio Roland, 28, of Wilmington has been charged with felony hit and run in the death of Daughtery, who died on Jan. 20, after she was stuck while riding her bike on Shipyard Boulevard, according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Linda Thompson.

Police responded to the scene in the 1600 block of Shipyard Boulevard after receiving a 911 call just after 2 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20, Thompson said. There, they found Daughtery lying in the middle of the road near a damaged bicycle.

She was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where she died.

Roland was arrested Thursday and is also facing misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to jail records.

According to the North Carolina Department of Corrections, Roland has been previously convicted of misdemeanor driving while impaired, possession of stolen goods, and flee to elude arrest in February 2006, as well as misdemeanor driving while licence revoked in September 2012. He has also been convicted of several felony drug charges.

Roland was booked at the New Hanover County Detention Facility under a $76,000 secured bond.

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