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Husband, wife killed in Greensboro hit-and-run

Posted on: 7:41 am, July 10, 2012, by , updated on: 08:31am, July 11, 2012

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Police said two victims who were killed in a hit-and-run Tuesday morning in Greensboro were husband and wife. 

Phillip David Sayer, 51, and Sharon Sayer, 56, were struck while the two were walking across Randleman Road toward Meadowview Road shortly before 5:45 a.m.  They were both pronounced dead at the scene by EMS, police said. 

Sgt. William Redfearn with the Greensboro police traffic division said the victims were not using the cross walk when they were hit.  He said police are not sure where the couple was going.

Greensboro police spokeswoman Susan Danielsen said the couple had been living at the Cavalier Inn at 312 West JJ Drive.

Julio Romero-Garcia, 49, of Creek Ridge Road, is in custody in connection with the crash. Danielsen said detectives do not believe any other suspects were involved.

Romero-Garcia is charged with two counts of felony hit-and-run, two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, two counts of misdemeanor hit-and-run, and driving without a license.

Romero-Garcia was arrested after detectives found a minivan matching witness descriptions parked in front of his home at 724 Creek Ridge Road, Danielsen said. 

Upon closer inspection, the van had damage consistent with the accident, Danielsen said. 

Romero-Garcia was not at the home but was later found at a salvage yard, where Danielsen said he had parts intended to be used for repairs to the minivan. 

Police do not believe Romero-Garcia was under the influence of any drugs or alcohol when the crash happened.

Redfearn said that, after the accident, witnesses saw Romero-Garcia headed east on Meadowview Road. Redfearn believes Romero-Garcia turned around to go home, or to the house of someone he knew.

Romero-Garcia’s home is located about 1 1/2 miles from the intersection where the accident occurred.

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