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Driver accused of felony death by vehicle




A woman who was arrested earlier this month as a person of interest in a fatal hit-and-run near Lowesville has been  charged with felony death by vehicle, authorities said.

Amber Nichole Kirby, 35, of 2111 Alexis Lucia Road in Stanley, allegedly struck and killed Iron Station resident Preston Lee Ward, 23, on Hines Circle on Oct. 2.

Ward was found lying dead on the side of the roadway with Kirby’s vehicle nowhere in sight, troopers said.

Kirby was also charged Thursday with one-count of hit-and-run injury, according to county arrest records.

The two new allegations have increased her bond amount from $15,000 to $40,000.

State troopers initially charged her on the night of the wreck with DWI and driving while license revoked.

Gaston County Police have additionally served Kirby a warrant for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The arrest warrant stated that she had “unlawfully” used a vehicle registered in another woman’s name.

According to the N.C. Department of Correction Website, Kirby has a state criminal record for two felony drug possession convictions in Forsyth County during the 1990s. For one of the charges, Kirby spent at least eight months behind bars where she currently remains awaiting her next two court appearances.

According to the Clerk of Court’s Office, she is set to appear in court on Nov. 8 for the death by vehicle charge and will appear on Nov. 16 for the DWI charge.


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