Update 3:30 p.m.: The Wilmington Police Department has charged Jose Heredia-Martinez, 25, with felony hit-and-run with injury, misdemeanor hit-and-run with property damage, no operators license and failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision. Martinez has been placed under a $5,000 secured bond.
WILMINGTON — The Wilmington Police Department is searching for a suspect in connection with a failure to stop and misdemeanor hit-and-run that occurred Thursday evening.
According to WPD, officers arrived at the 3900 block of Masonboro Loop Road around 10:30 p.m. in response to reports of a hit-and-run.
Witnesses claim a large blue or dark colored truck with a lift and oversized tires was speeding and weaving through traffic. The truck reportedly rear-ended a 2006 Acura MDX, pushed the vehicle off of the road into a ditch where the Acura flipped over two times before landing upside down.
The sole occupant of the Acura, Julianna Askew, 16, was able to bite through the airbag, crawl out of the rear window and run home to get her parents. According to the victim’s father, Broden Askew, Julianna has soreness in her neck and back but no major injuries.
Anyone with information is asked to contact WPD at 910-343-3609 or use Text A Tip.