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Hit-and-run victim is identified

Preston Lee Ward died in an apparent hit-an-run accident near Lowesville on Sunday. Contributed


Authorities have released the identity of a young man who was killed in an apparent hit-and-run incident in an area west of Lowesville on Sunday in Lincoln County.

Upon authorities’ arrival, they found 23-year-old Preston Lee Ward, of 2956 Long Drive Circle in Iron Station, lying in the roadway, said Sgt. B. Hipp with the N.C. Highway Patrol.

However, the car that was said to be involved in the incident was no longer at the scene, troopers noted.

Emergency Medical Services told the Times-News Monday morning that the Communications Center received a call just after midnight regarding a possible pedestrian struck at 2042 Hines Circle Road in Lowesville, in southeastern Lincoln County.

All EMS units were dispatched to the scene, Deputy EMS Director Ted Mankowski said.

The man, later identified as Ward, was pronounced dead, and the incident was turned over to law enforcement for further investigation of a “possible crime scene,” Mankowski said.

In addition, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and medical examiner were notified of the fatality.

Troopers are continuing to “actively” investigate the bizarre incident, Hipp said.

However, additional details in the collision remain unknown. Authorities said at least one witness was at the scene, but are not yet releasing that person’s name.

“There’s not a whole lot we can release at this point,” Hipp said. “It’s complicated. There are a lot of avenues we can explore.”

Authorities said they have located the vehicle and identified a suspect, but are currently in the process of confirming the driver’s identity.

“We’re not actively looking for anyone right now,” Hipp noted on Monday.

Authorities also plan to consult with the District Attorney’s Office before pressing any charges.

East Lincoln Fire Department also responded Sunday.

Ward’s death is the third fatality stemming from a Lincoln County car wreck in recent weeks and the eighth death this year, said authorities with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.


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