Suspect sought in deadly Greensboro hit-and-run

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Sergio Gomez Espindola (Photo courtesy, State Highway Patrol)

Sergio Gomez Espindola (Photo courtesy, N.C. Highway Patrol)

Sergio Gomez Espindola (Photo courtesy, N.C. Highway Patrol)

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Authorities have identified a suspect wanted in connection with a Greensboro hit-and-run that resulted in the death of a moped rider.

High Patrol spokesman Greg Ingram says 25-year-old Sergio Gomez Espindola will face charges including felony hit-and-run causing death, careless and reckless driving, driving while license revoked and improper passing.

Trooper Ingram says detectives believe Espindola may have left the Greensboro area.

The suspect could have boarded a bus and may be bound for Houston, Texas, Ingram said.

Ingram says Espindola did not own the red Dodge pickup truck he was allegedly driving in the collision, but the suspect had borrowed it from his father-in-law.

The accident claimed the life of 64-year-old Timothy Minor, who was riding a moped on Liberty Road around 6 p.m. Saturday when he was struck by the truck.  Troopers say the truck was passing another vehicle illegally when the collision occurred.

The suspect vehicle was found Tuesday at a home at 3004 Mornstar Place, Ingram said.

Espindola’s brother told FOX8 they are sorry to Minor’s family for everything they’ve gone through. Troopers say the family willingly turned the truck over to investigators Tuesday.

Timothy Minor (Family photo)

Timothy Minor (Family photo)

On Monday, family members pleaded that whoever was responsible for the accident would turn themselves in.

“You just run over him and leave him like a dead animal in the road?  I just can’t understand that,” Minor’s wife, Eva Smith, said.

The Highway Patrol extended thanks to FOX8 and other local media that originally published the story. After the story aired, troopers say they received many tips that helped them find the suspect vehicle.

“The citizens of North Carolina have cared enough to contact us in reference to tips which in turn led to locating a vehicle,” explained Ingram.

Minor’s wife, Eva Smith, tells FOX8 these developments in the investigation are helping them heal.

“If they found the truck, they’re gonna find the driver. He’s gonna have to come back, and he’s gonna have to face a lot of people,” she said.