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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Highway Patrol searching for driver involved in hit and run

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The NC Highway Patrol is looking for the driver of a vehicle that struck and seriously injured 22-year-old Joseph Earl Jones, Jr. on the southbound side of Carolina Beach Road late Thursday night.

Trooper Phillips says Jones was hit sometime between 11:16 and 11:54 Thursday night while crossing Carolina Beach Road near Monkey Junction Storage. He was wearing a royal blue long sleeve pullover.

Jones is currently in critical condition at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Highway Patrol is looking for a 1995 Chevrolet pickup, Tahoe or Suburban with damage to the front right side. They are hoping that with so many shoppers out that someone saw something.

Anyone with information is urged to call Trooper Phillips at (910) 392-3918 or (800) 334-7411.

WWAY’s Marissa Jasek is speaking exclusively with Jones’s mother and will have the full report Sunday night on WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 11.

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