$5,000 reward offered in hit-and-run that injured bartender

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Wilmington Police searching for the driver involved in a hit-and-run crash that injured a pedestrian on Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo: Wilmington Police Dept.)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A $5,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest in a felony hit-and-run crash that injured a Wilmington bartender last month.

Justin Sartain was hit in the intersection of South 3rd and Dock streets Feb. 23 as he walked to work.

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Crime Stoppers of the Lower Cape Fear, in conjunction with the Wilmington Police Department, is now offering a reward of up to $5,000. People with information can contact WPD or to remain anonymous use Text A Tip or call Crime Stoppers.

Police say Sartain had the right of way when the suspect hit him, throwing Sartain into the air onto the top of the vehicle. Sartain rolled off the hood of the car and into the street. As he was laying in the street, the suspect drove away from the scene, running over him, shattering his foot and ankle.

“I didn’t know what was happening,” Sartain told WWAY a few days after the crash. “I heard a crunch, like a football helmet colliding, and then as soon as the windshield smashed, or some kind of glass smashed, that’s when I realized I was being hit by a car. Because it happened so fast, I didn’t get to see the car coming at me.”



EMS transported Sartain to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Sartain told WWAY that being able to walk to work is the highlight of his day. Now, he says he won’t be able to work for 4-6 weeks or longer if he has to have surgery.

The suspect vehicle is described as a white Chevrolet, possibly a Cruze, with dark tinted windows.