Hit-and-run suspect said he thought he hit an animal

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Nicholas Fleming, 20, of High Point. (Guilford Co. Jail)

HIGH POINT, N.C. — The suspect in a fatal hit-and-run crash that happened Wednesday morning in High Point said he thought he struck an animal instead of a pedestrian.

Nicholas Lamon Fleming, 20, of High Point, was charged with felony death by motor vehicle, felony hit-and-run and driving while impaired after Ronnie Davis Marshall, 53, was struck by a 1994 Volvo sedan and pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers responded to reports of a body lying in the road near the intersection of Deep River Road and Summit Road around 1:57 a.m.

The High Point Enterprise reported that the suspect told Officer Justin Fleming he thought he hit a deer.

Officer Fleming is not related to the suspect.

Read more: The High Point Enterprise.