Police: Driver Intentionally Runs Over And Kills Bicyclist

Jamica Williams of Kenly was struck and killed by a car early Friday morning in Kenly. He had recently moved from Greensboro back home to Kenly to be closer to his family. Family photo

The death of a 42 year-old Kenly man was no accident according to police.

Kenly Police have filed murder charges against the driver of a car they say intentionally struck a bicyclist causing his death.

It happened Friday morning near the intersection of Highway 222 and Maple Street in the Kenly city limits.  Genaro Muniz-Padilla, 18, of Kenly was reportedly behind the wheel of a car that struck Jamica Williams on his bicycle.

Williams was rushed to Johnston Medical Center in Smithfield where he died as a result of his injuries.

Police Chief Josh Gibson said the victim and suspect had a prior altercation before the fatal encounter. Muniz-Padilla is facing a second-degree murder charge.

Genaro Muniz-Padilla, 18, of Kenly is facing second-degree murder charges for allegedly running over Jamica Williams on his bicycle after the two had argued. The victims brother said the argument was over comments made to a female minutes earlier.

Jamica Williams attended North Johnston High School. He also had 3 sons according to his brother, Shelton Williams.  Jamica had been living in Greensboro the past 2 years. He returned to Kenly about a month ago to be closer to his family and was living on N. College Avenue. He was hired by a company in Selma just last week.

Family members said police have released very few details to them about what happened. A relative of the victim told JoCoReport.com an eyewitness told family members it started after the suspect became upset at Jamica Williams for allegedly saying something to a female at a nearby home before he left pushing a bicycle. Muniz-Padilla allegedly followed and after stopping and confronting him again, got back into his vehicle and fatally struck him.

A graveside funeral service for Jamica Williams will be held Thursday in Selma.

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  • Brent Jernigan

    looks like they should have stopped him at the border!

    • Linda George Howell

      Nothing funny about your statement…what if that was your family member.

      • lilyred

        What are you talking about? If Genaro Muniz-Padilla was my relative, I’d be very embarrassed, for starters.

  • James Johnson

    The people of Kenly and Johnson County need to INSIST that the Kenly Police Chief and Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell check this guy’s immigration status.

  • LilRedMustang

    Why is it only 2nd degree murder charge? If it was intentional why not 1st degree?

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  • Brent Jernigan

    looks like they should have stopped him at the border!

    • Linda George Howell

      Nothing funny about your statement…what if that was your family member.

      • lilyred

        What are you talking about? If Genaro Muniz-Padilla was my relative, I’d be very embarrassed, for starters.

  • James Johnson

    The people of Kenly and Johnson County need to INSIST that the Kenly Police Chief and Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell check this guy’s immigration status.

  • LilRedMustang

    Why is it only 2nd degree murder charge? If it was intentional why not 1st degree?