Man Arrested After Killing Pedestrian With Vehicle Sunday Morning

Man Arrested After Killing Pedestrian With Vehicle Sunday Morning

Man Arrested After Killing Pedestrian With Vehicle Sunday Morning Featured

By / Local News / Tuesday, 02 June 2020 17:47

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - The Carolina Beach Police Department arrested 74year-old Erwin Ellis Williams of Carolina Beach on Sunday May 31st following a hit-and-run incident that resulted in the death of a man walking along Carolina Beach Avenue North.

According to Det.Sgt. Scott Hettinger, "The Carolina Beach Police Department, Carolina Beach Fire Department, Kure Beach Police Department and New Hanover County EMS were dispatched to the 500 block of Carolina Beach Ave. N. in reference to a vehicle versus a pedestrian hit and run. Upon arrival, officers located the victim
with serious injuries and life saving measures were in progress. The victim succumbed to his injuries on scene."

Hettinger explained officers conducted a search of the vehicle described by witnesses; the vehicle was located by police a short time later. Police arrested Erwin Ellis Williams, a 74-year-old male of Carolina Beach, N.C. Williams was charged for multiple offenses and placed on a $100,000-dollar bond and confined in the New Hanover County Jail.  Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in the collision. The NC Medical Examiner’s Office has been notified and the Medical Examiner will make the official determination on cause of death. 

Hettinger explained, "Police have identified the male victim and are currently in the process of notifying next of kin.  The incident is still under investigation and no additional information is available at this time.  A further update will be provided after next of kin has been notified."

Erwin Ellis Williams was charged with: (1 Count) Felony Death by Motor Vehicle (1 Count) Hit/Run causing Serious Injury or Death (1 Count) Driving While Impaired.

Police identified the victim as Jeffrey Matlick, a 48 year old male from Geneseo, Illinois.

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