SNEADS FERRY, N.C. (WNCT) – An Onslow County man arrested Wednesday and charged in a fatal hit and run accident is due in court Monday.
The accident happened around 6 p.m. in the Sneads Ferry area. Troopers tell 9 On Your side that Joseph Shelton, 37, of Sneads Ferry, was driving his Green Dodge pickup truck east on Old Folkstone Road when he came up behind a Silver Ford pickup driven by Robin Jones II, 32, also of Sneads Ferry. Troopers say Jones was attempting to turn left onto Winery Rd when Shelton failed to reduce speed and swerved to the right in an attempt to rear end Jones’ vehicle. Shelton clipped the back right corner of Jones’ vehicle before going off the road to the right and hitting a pedestrian that was walking on the side of the road, according to authorities. That pedestrian, Ronda Anderson, 53, of Sneads Ferry, was pronounced dead on scene. No one else was hurt.
Troopers say Shelton never stopped and continued driving to his home about five miles from the accident. After gathering information on scene, troopers were able to locate Shelton’s vehicle and arrested him at this home. He has been charged with felony hit and run and misdemeanor death by vehicle. Shelton is being held on $13,500 bond in the Onslow County Detention Center and will make his first court appearance on Monday.
The Highway Patrol says that alcohol was not a factor in the accident. Shelton was already facing numerous driving violations and was driving on a revoked license and did not have insurance. Troopers say the brakes on his vehicle did not work, except for the emergency brake, and they believe this was a factor on the crash. Troopers tell us the vehicle should not have been on the road.