7-year-old victim dead after hit-and-run; Lexington man charged with DWI


The victim has been identified as 7-year-old Jzabel Vital Guadalupe. (Credit: Jennifer Byerly)

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LEXINGTON, N.C. – A Lexington man is facing several charges after police said a 7-year-old girl he injured in a hit-and-run crash on New Year’s Day has died.

Jose Juvenal-Vital Villicana, 41, faces charges including driving while impaired, felony hit and run with a serious injury and aggravated felony serious injury by vehicle.

The crash happened near the intersection of West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Sharpe Street at about 7:30 p.m. Friday, according to authorities.

The suspect was arrested after authorities found the suspect’s vehicle, a 2005 white Chevrolet Express work van, in the area of Bristol Street. The van was seized and the suspect was taken into custody.

The victim has been identified as 7-year-old Jzabel Vital Guadalupe. Family members told FOX8 that the victim and suspect are related to each other.

She was initially taken to Lexington Memorial Hospital, then to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where she died, according to the nursing supervisor.

The investigation is ongoing and police said that they would consult with the Davidson County District Attorney’s Office for further charges against Villicana.

Authorities on the scene said they believe the driver of the vehicle had been drinking. He has been convicted of driving while impaired three previous times, according to online records.

The suspect also faces charges of driving with an open container and driving with a revoked license.

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