Victim identified in Carolina Beach fatal hit and run

Erwin Ellis Williams (Photo: NHSO)

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Carolina Beach Police have identified the man hit and killed early Sunday morning.

Police say Jeffrey Matlick, 48, of Geneseo, Illinois, was hit in the 500 block of Carolina Beach Avenue North just before 12:40 a.m.

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Officers tried to save Matlick’s life, but he died at the scene.

Witnesses described the vehicle that hit Matlick and left the scene. Police located the vehicle a short time later and arrested Erwin Ellis Williams, 74.

Williams was charged  with Felony Death by Motor Vehicle, Hit/Run causing Serious Injury or Death, and Driving While Impaired.

The NC Medical Examiner’s Office will make the official determination on cause of death.