SAMPSON COUNTY, NC (WWAY) –- A Sampson County man is in jail charged with allegedly hitting and killing a girl with a loaded log truck as she got off her school bus yesterday afternoon.
Troopers say 7-year-old Alyiah McKenzie Morgan died on the way to the hospital in Clinton after the hit-and-run on Highway 421. According to WTVD, neighbors told them that Alyiah's mother was standing nearby when her daughter was hit.
Highway Patrol charged Johnny Allen Spell, Jr., 37, of Roseboro, with passing a stopped school bus, hit and run and involuntary manslaughter. NCHP Sgt. Bryan Smith tells WWAY Spell also faces a misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired.
Spell is in the Sampson County Jail under a $200,000 bond.
A family friend at Morgan's home near Harrells last night said the girl was in first grade. Highway Patrol said she was hit around 3:45 p.m. as she got off the school bus on US 421 near Herring Road. Investigators say Spell passed the school bus even though it had its flashers on.
Highway Patrol says Spell continued South on US 421 after the collision. A tip led them to find the truck behind a barn 45 miles away near Autryville.