Police ID pedestrian struck by vehicle, dragged 3 miles in W-S


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A man died after he was struck by a vehicle and dragged three miles down multiple streets in Winston-Salem.

Police say John Otis Hill, 54, was struck by a vehicle traveling north on Cleveland Avenue near East 25th Street around 9:19 p.m. Wednesday night.

After colliding with the pedestrian, the suspect vehicle stopped for a moment before continuing with the victim trapped under the vehicle for at least three miles down Cleveland Avenue, Akron Drive, Ogburn Avenue and Knapp Street.

It’s believed the driver even stopped at a gas pump on the corner of Ogburn and Akron with Hill still under the vehicle. Hill was found alive by officers in the roadway at Kapp Street and Idlewild Industrial Drive. He was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital where he died from his injuries.

“I said come out of the street and [Hill] said it’s my legs my legs is out,” said JoAnn Singletary, who first found Hill lying on Cleveland Street just before being hit.

wsWitnesses say Hill had either been hit earlier by a vehicle or was having trouble walking when they found him in the street and called 911. Neighbors pulled Hill to the sidewalk but Singletary says he kept moving back into the street as traffic went around him — except for an SUV sitting at the stop light.

“When the light turned green, she hit the gas … [Hill] saw the car coming at him and when it hit him I screamed, he screamed,” Singletary said.

Singletary says the driver of the SUV pulled over one block away in sight of her and police that had just arrived. As neighbors ran after the SUV, Singletary says she tried telling officers what had just happened and that Hill was under the vehicle one block away.

“They could of caught whoever was driving, but just kept asking questions.” Singletary claimed. “[The officers] still wanted to know where the body was at and we kept saying the body is up under that car!”

A police spokesperson could not be reached Thursday evening for comment. Investigators would not release a description of the vehicle, but witnesses say it’s a dark, possibly burgundy, SUV.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800.


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