Moyock man charged in fatal hit-and-run
Justin James Stone was charged July 1 by the Highway Patrol with four counts, including felony death by vehicle and felony hit and run involving death, driving while impaired, and possession of alcohol by a person under 21.
Jacob Bezik, 20, was struck as he walked along Puddin Ridge Road the morning of June 23.
Sgt. R.A. Moreau of the NC Highway Patrol said the investigation into the incident continues, and no other details were available.
“Our investigation developed several leads, and enough evidence, to bring charges,” Moreau said.
Stone was booked at the Currituck Detention Center on July 1, was released after posting $5,000 bond.
At a hearing Monday in Currituck District Court, Stone’s first appearance was continued until the August 8 criminal district session. He is represented by attorney Mark Warren of the Twiford Law Firm, according to the Currituck Clerk of Court office.
Bezik is the second person to die in the past year while walking on the narrow, two-lane road that connects several large neighborhoods and the former Blackwater compound with N.C. 168.
“He decided to walk to his father’s house nearby after waking up that morning following a party the night before,” Sgt. J.C. Wilson of the Highway Patrol said in a June 28 interview. “He sent a text message to friends who were still sleeping to let them know where he was.”
The exact time of the hit-and-run is unknown, but the Highway Patrol has estimated it happened between 4:30 and 5:15 a.m., based on when the text was sent and when his body was discovered.
In December 2011, Zachary Story, 23, of Moyock died while walking in the middle of the road at night while wearing dark clothing.
The Highway Patrol did not charge the driver who hit Story, ruling it was an unavoidable accident.
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