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Family: Argument over best truck led to deadly hit-and-run

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Jacob Andrew Kost and Jason Edward Shaw (left to right) (WSOC)

CORNELIUS, N.C. — The father of a Winston-Salem man who is charged in a deadly hit-and-run said there was an argument over who had the best truck leading up to the crash.

Kevin Andrew Sweet, of Cornelius, died when he was hit by a truck driven by Jacob Andrew Kost, 23, of Winston-Salem.  Sweet’s body was found by police on Bethel Church Road near Madison Manor Drive around 2 a.m. Saturday.

According to the Associated Press, Richard Kost, the father of one of the suspects, said the death occurred after an argument at a nightclub over who had the best truck. He said he learned the information after speaking with his jailed son over the phone.

Richard Kost told WSOC-TV in a phone interview Sunday that his son had left a nearby club and was traveling to his mother’s home when another vehicle started pursuing him.  He said his son stopped his vehicle, and the other group wanted to fight.  His son tried pulling away when Sweet jumped in front of the vehicle, he told the station.

Police would not comment on what Richard Kost told WSOC.

Neighbors who live near the crash scene said people were racing on Bethel Church Road before the collision.  WSOC reports there were skid marks found on the roadway, but police again would not comment.

Jacob Kost has been charged with first-degree murder, hit and run, driving while impaired, and driving with a revoked license.

A second Winston-Salem man, 21-year-old Edward Shaw, has been charged with accessory to murder.  Shaw was riding in the vehicle with Kost, police said.

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