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Vehicle information released in deadly hit-and-run crash

Posted on May 5, 2021

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A vehicle similar to this Smart Fortwo was involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash in mid-April, according to Rocky Mount police.

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A vehicle similar to this Smart Fortwo was involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash in mid-April, according to Rocky Mount police.

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ROCKY MOUNT — Authorities have identified the type of vehicle involved in a fatal hit-and-run last month.

Headlight fragments recovered at the scene of the April 11 hit-and-run crash came from a 2007 or 2016 Smart Fortwo, said Cpl. Ricky Jackson, public information officer for the Rocky Mount Police Department.

“Video surveillance in the area showed a Smart car traveling on the night of the crash and is possibly the vehicle that struck and killed pedestrian Matthew Pender, a 27-year-old from Rocky Mount, who was found lying in the ditch in the 1500 block of North Wesleyan Boulevard,” Jackson said.

Police officers responded to the scene and contacted Nash County Emergency Medical Services. Medics pronounced Pender dead at the scene.

The suspect vehicle may be white or silver.

“There would be damage to the passenger side headlight if not already repaired, possibly the hood as well as the A-pillar,” Jackson said.

Anyone with information about the vehicle is asked to call the Rocky Mount Police Department at 252-972-1411 or Twin County Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111.

To send information through the Text-A-Tip service, text RMPOL and your message to CRIMES (274637). Police say phone calls and text messages are anonymous.

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