JCSO: Van Involved In Head On Collision Was Stolen

More charges have been filed against a driver involved in a serious hit and run head-on collision last Saturday night in Johnston County.

A Ford van reportedly driven by 36 year-old Charles David Crone of Drew Drive, Garner reportedly struck an SUV on Highway 50 near Highway 42.  After the violent impact, Crone somehow managed to flee the scene in the heavily damaged vehicle. He was spotted driving a short time later by troopers and fled on foot but was captured at a nearby convenience store.

On Thursday, the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) charged Crone with the larceny of a motor vehicle.  Officials said Crone had stolen the van he was driving at the time of the crash.  Previously troopers had charged Crone with driving while impaired, felony hit and run causing serious injury, and felony serious injury by a vehicle.

Three people in the SUV struck by Crone were injured.

With the latest charges, Crone’s bail was increased from $100,000 to $125,000. Photos by John Payne