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Troopers look for truck, driver involved in deadly New Year’s Eve crash

ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — State troopers are looking for the driver of a truck they say struck a man walking on the side of an Onslow County road on New Year’s Eve, but didn’t stop.

They say the crash happened around 8 p.m. on Highway 24 in Hubert, near Hubert Blvd. Troopers say Earl Dupey, Jr. was walking along the road when a truck hit him and kept going.

They say they don’t know if Dupey was in the road at the time, or exactly how the truck hit him. Dupey was transported to a Wilmington hospital, but later died from his injuries in the crash.

Troopers who investigated say they recovered parts of a side mirror at the scene, and say the truck is either a GM or Chevy pick-up, and is silver or pewter in color. The truck they are looking for is likely missing its passenger-side mirror, or pieces from it.

Troopers believe the driver of the truck may not have known he had struck anything when it happened. They say they will continue investigating once they find the truck and driver, but there’s no word yet on charges he may face.

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