Officials search for suspect in fatal hit-and-run accident

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CLEMMONS, N.C. -- Officials are looking for a driver accused of causing a hit-and-run wreck that killed an elderly woman Friday evening on NC 150 in Clemmons.

Mary Nelson, 77, was pronounced dead at the scene of a head-on crash reported around 5:30 p.m. on NC 150 and Central Road, officials said.

Authorities said Scott Choplin was driving north on the highway when a car on Central Road pulled out in front of him. Officials said he swerved to avoid an accident and struck Nelson head-on who was headed southbound.

Officials said Choplin was taken to Baptist Hospital and is listed in stable condition.

"I was in shock. I couldn't believe it,” said James Llewellyn, Mary Nelson’s son. “I was just hoping it wasn't my mother. I just knew the car and had a bad feeling about the whole thing."

Witnesses said the car that caused the wreck pulled to the side of the road and the driver briefly got out and then re-entered and drove off.

The vehicle is described as a possible maroon Kia Optima and was last seen heading toward Winston-Salem on NC 150.

The driver is described as an Asian or Hispanic male with glasses.

"Someone caused somebody to lose a mother, a grandmother, a sister a daughter and they were callous enough to drive away," Llewellyn said.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information can call the North Carolina Highway Patrol at (336) 249-0247.


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