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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.

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58 Comments on "FIRST ON 3: Trooper says driver charged in fatal hit-and-run also faces DWI charge"

2015 years 9 months ago

Correct me if I am wrong…Driving a log truck..Commerical vehicle CDL license required ZERO ALCOHOL TOLERANCE. Was he an independent logger? If not who was he employed by and why was he allowed to be driving this death trap. I have read in article that he had been recently cted for driving without an operators license..HHHMMM?? There are so many reasons that he should have not been behind the wheel of any vehicles…..GET DRUNKS OFF THE ROAD. THERE ARE SO MANY OF THEM THAT DRIVE WITHOUT A LICENSE AND EVENTUALLY HURT INNOCENT PEOPLE…..IT IS TIME…YOU FILL IN THE REST OF IT. I AM SO ANGRY IF I PUT IT IN WRITING IT WOULDN’T BE GOOD. GOD BLESS THIS CHILD AND HER FAMILY!

2015 years 9 months ago

Don’t try and turn it in the bus drivers fault at the speed he was going there was nothing she could have done she could have check her mirrors and at the time did not see him coming and all of a sudden out of nowhere here he comes…..REALLY THINK ABOUT IT THE SPEED OF AN 18 WHEELER AND A STOPPED SCHOOL BUS SO CRUEL TO TRY AND BLAME THE DRIVER!

2015 years 9 months ago

My heart breaks for the family who lost their baby. Prayers & Condolences to the whole family.

2015 years 9 months ago

But I have a question.
Don’t some counties try to let elementary school aged children off the bus so as they don’t have to cross the street?
Seems to me that if Fed Ex can use right turns only as a policy for delivery of packages that we can surely change routes to prevent any YOUNGER kids from having to cross in front of a parked school bus with their lights going?

Or is this not doable in rural counties?


karen ash
2015 years 9 months ago

This is a awful tragic thing that has happened to this poor innocent girl and her family! judging by the reports he was under some kind of substance therefore it was not an accident, he chose to get behind the wheel and drive impaired, killing a precious little girl! He’s a monster and I hope he gets everything he deserves in prison when they find out what he did! I also hope they change the laws so that children don’t have to cross the road getting off a school bus, it will take some extra gas and route changes but it’s well worth it if it saves a child’s life ! So sad !


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