Woman faces additional charges in deadly Winston-Salem hit-and-run


Viola Demitria Spencer

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A woman is facing additional charges in connection with a hit and run on April 9 that resulted in the death of a pedestrian who was dragged three miles down multiple streets.

Viola Demitria Spencer, 24, is now charged with felony hit and run and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

She was previously served with a warrant for destroying, altering, concealing or tampering with evidence.

Police say John Otis Hill, 54, was struck by a vehicle traveling north on Cleveland Avenue near East 25th Street around 9:19 p.m. April 9.

After colliding with the pedestrian, the suspect vehicle stopped for a moment before continuing with the victim trapped under the vehicle for at least three miles down Cleveland Avenue, Akron Drive, Ogburn Avenue and Knapp Street.

It’s believed Spencer even stopped at a gas pump on the corner of Ogburn and Akron with Hill still under the vehicle.

Hill was found alive by officers in the roadway at Kapp Street and Idlewild Industrial Drive. He was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital where he died from his injuries.

Spencer is at the Forsyth County Jail under a $100,000 secured bond.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800.

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