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Jacksonville man charged in Wednesday night hit and run

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. – Police have have charged a suspect in a Wednesday night hit and run crash that killed a man.

49-year-old Michael David Appleton of Jacksonville was taken into custody without incident by Jacksonville Police just before noon Friday.

The accident happened on Highway 17 near Thompson Drive and Cox Avenue. 

Investigators say a small, white passenger vehicle hit 60-year-old Joseph Smith as he attempted to cross US 17 from the east to the west side.

Smith was taken to Onslow Memorial Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Alcohol is being considered as a factor in the incident pending toxicology results. 

The crash remains under investigation.

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