Businessman Linked To Serious Hit And Run Crash

Tips from citizens helped the NC Highway Patrol and Johnston County Sheriff’s Office make an arrest in a serious weekend hit and run accident.

Tuesday afternoon, troopers charged Lawrence Bridges, 47, of Angier, the co-owner of Liberty Used Motors on S. Pollock Street in Selma, with filing a false stolen vehicle report and felony hit and run.

Around 10:30pm Saturday, troopers believe Bridges was operating a white Acura RL sedan on Old Fairground Road near Stephenson Road in the West Johnston community when he swerved to avoid a racing-style go cart that was improperly operating in the roadway. The Acura and go cart collided. After the impact the Acura struck a ditch. The operator fled with the vehicle about a half-mile down the roadway before abandoning the car and fleeing on foot.

Sgt. J.L. January with the NC Highway Patrol District Office in Smithfield said Bridges reported the vehicle stolen the day after the collision. The vehicle was part of the used car inventory at Liberty Used Motors in Selma.

Bridges was jailed on a $60,000 bond.

Sgt. January said several citizens saw a news article on JoCoReport.com asking for assistance identifying the driver and the public phoned in leads and helpful information.

The investigation is still ongoing and charges against the operator of the go cart have not been ruled out. The go cart driver is still recovering from non-life threatening injuries.