Pickup owned by Winston-Salem fire chief involved in a hit-and-run crash

Winston-Salem Fire Chief Antony Farmer

Winston-Salem Fire Chief Antony Farmer

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A pickup owned by Fire Chief Antony Farmer was involved in a hit-and-run crash nearly five months ago, authorities said Friday, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

The incident happened at 9:50 p.m. March 26 on South Main Street near the intersection with Garland Street, Winston-Salem police said. Farmer couldn’t be reached for comment this afternoon.

Katrina Rachelle Newton, 32, of Orchestra Drive in Winston-Salem was driving her 2011 Honda car with two passengers when a dark colored truck struck the rear of her vehicle and left the scene, police said.

At the time, Newton’s car was slowing down to 10 mph make a left turn, according to a police accident report. The truck, which was traveling at 45 mph, failed to reduce speed and hit the car, the report said.

Newton and one her passengers weren’t injured, but other passenger had a possible injury, according to the police accident report. Newton’s car had $2,500 in estimate damage, the report said.

Newton didn’t see the truck’s driver and couldn’t provide officers with a description of the driver because of darkness and the truck had tinted windows, police said.

Newton also didn’t obtain the truck’s license plate number, police said. Another witness of the crash gave officers a detailed description of the truck.

On June 11, Newton told police that she had seen the truck that struck her car near where the crash happened, police said. She got the truck’s license plate number and provided that information to police.

Investigators discovered that a 2002 Dodge Ram pickup registered to Farmer was involved in the hit-an-run collision, police said.

There is insufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges in the case, police said.


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