Driver who fled van at large

Hit-and-run force hurled woman

Staff WriterOctober 17, 2007 

— Princeton police are searching for the owner of an abandoned van they think was involved in a hit-and-run accident that severely injured a Goldsboro woman Sunday night.

Police Chief Ed Lewis said State Bureau of Investigation agents had recovered clothing fibers from the windshield of a dark-colored 1997 Chevrolet Astro van that matched the clothing that Dayna Brooke Wiggs, 25, was wearing. Lewis also said damage to the vehicle was consistent with the accident.

The van is registered to Vela Marcelo Mendoza of 1205 N. Pollock St. in Selma.

Wiggs is on life support at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, Lewis said.

The accident occurred just before 9 p.m. in the westbound lane of U.S. 70 in Princeton.

Lewis said that Wiggs was crossing U.S. 70 with her boyfriend and was struck in the westbound lanes. The force of the crash threw Wiggs about 80 feet, Lewis said.

Police found the van about two hours later about seven miles from where Wiggs was struck.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Mendoza is asked to call the Princeton Police Department at 936-5131.

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