Nags Head man charged in death of KDH bicyclist
Brandon Geoffrey Edwards has been charged with felony serious injury by vehicle, felony hit-and-run and driving while impaired, after the 2006 Land Rover he was allegedly driving hit Dmytro Palii.
The 20-year-old from the Ukraine was riding a bicycle on Virginia Dare Trail in front of the Ramada Plaza hotel around 1:30 a.m.
A news release from Kill Devil Hills Police says a passerby discovered Palii at 1:59 a.m. and called 911.
Palii was transported to The Outer Banks Hospital, then airlifted to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
According to police, Palii came to the United States as a summer travel/work visitor and was employed by Food Lion in Nags Head.
Shortly after initiating their investigation, authorities received a call from persons identifying themselves as passengers in the vehicle that had struck someone in Kill Devil Hills.Kill Devil Hills Police officers, assisted by officers from the Nags Head Police Department, located Edwards at his residence, where he was arrested.
A damaged 2006 Land Rover found at the residence was impounded.
Edwards was released on a $10,000 bond after making a first appearance in Dare County District Court, and additional charges in the case are pending.
Pedestrian and bicycle safety is a growing concern across the region. Two pedestrians have been killed on U.S. 158 this year in Dare County.
Three pedestrians have died in Currituck County since December, including two on Puddin Ridge Road in Moyock, and the third on U.S. 158 in Powells Point.
In 2010, two international students on bikes were serious injured after they were hit by a pickup on the bypass.
Last year, a New York woman on a bicycle was killed in a hit-and-run on U.S. 158 in Nags Head.
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