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Crime Stoppers offers $5,000 reward to find Wilmington hit-and-run suspect

The vehicle involved in the hit-and-run has been located, but the owner wasn't driving, and refused to tell police who was.

Carlos Alberto Santos, 63, of Leland was the owner of the vehicle involved, but has refused to give the police the name of who was diving.(Port City Daily photo / Wilmington Police Departmentment)
Carlos Alberto Santos, 63, of Leland was the owner of the vehicle involved, but has refused to give the police the name of who was diving. (Port City Daily photo / Wilmington Police Departmentment)

WILMINGTON — The Wilmington Police Department is asking the public for help finding a hit-and-run suspect after an incident last week.

According to WPD, at around 5:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, a 22-year-old Wilmington resident Alexander Hogan was driving a motorcycle when he failed to yield while crossing the intersection at Seventh and Wooster streets and was struck by a vehicle and “thrown approximately 15 feet into the air before landing on the pavement.” Hogan suffered multiple serious injuries and the motorcycle was totaled.

Hogan was charged for failure to yield at an intersection and not having an operator’s license.

The vehicle that struck Hogan was a gold-colored 2004 GMC, owned by Carlos Alberto Santos, 63, of Leland. According to WPD, Santos was not the driver on Jan. 9, but he has refused to provide the name of who was driving. Police have charged Santos with delaying and hindering an investigation — but are now asking for the public’s help to find the driver involved.

Police have taken statements from two witnesses, who said the man driving stopped briefly to ask Hogan if he was okay before fleeing the scene. Witnesses described the driver as a tall, thin, Hispanic man with short brown hair, between 30 and 40 years old, and weighing approximately 180 pounds.

Crime Stoppers is offering $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the driver. According to WPD, the reward is being offered due to the seriousness of the incident.

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