Police Searching For Hit And Run Vehicle

Police in Smithfield are searching for a pickup truck involved in a traffic accident Tuesday afternoon.  The collision was reported at 4:14pm on Highway 301 South (Brightleaf Boulevard) at E. Lee Street.

Officers said a black GMC crew cab pickup was attempting to cross over Highway 301 but instead collided with the side of a 2010 Ford taxi traveling on Brightleaf Boulevard. The taxi was driven by Ralph Lee Lawhorn, 46, of Selma.  Lawhorn and a passenger were not injured.

After the collision the pickup fled from the scene.  The truck may have damage to the front left corner.  Police said an eyewitness to the crash corroborated the account.

A photo of the possible suspect vehicle was captured on a security camera just before the collision occurred.  Police would like to speak with the driver of this vehicle.

Anyone with information on the hit and run vehicle is asked to contact Smithfield Police at 919-934-2121 or the Police Tip Line at 919-989-8835.