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Man accused in deadly hit and run, dumping car in pond

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

On Sunday, September 23, 2012, at 12:02 a.m., North Tryon Division patrol officers responded to a pedestrian struck at W. Sugar Creek and I-85.

Upon arrival, officers located the victim, who was suffering from apparent injuries sustained from being struck by a vehicle.

The victim has been identified as John Hazel Evans, DOB: 01/19/1967. Mr. Evans was transported by Medic to CMC-Main for life threatening injuries.

The suspect vehicle was described as a grayish or light blue Honda and the driver of the vehicle was described as a light skinned black male with dreads. The vehicle fled the parking lot of the Circle-K located at 1300 W. Sugar Creek Road and headed towards N. Tryon Street.

During the course of fleeing the scene, the suspect vehicle also side-swiped another vehicle.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Major Crash Investigation Unit responded to the scene and handled the crash investigation. Crime Scene Search also responded to process the scene and collect physical evidence.

After further investigation detectives identified Stefano Kevin Jett, DOB: 03/17/1991, as the suspect in the hit and run. Warrants were immediately sought for Felony Hit and Run (Serious Personal Injury), Driving While License Revoked, and Misdemeanor Hit and Run (Property Damage).

North Tryon Division officers located and arrested Mr. Jett along Triece Lane later that evening. Mr. Jett was interviewed and transported to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office. The suspect's vehicle was also recovered from a pond on Phil O'Neil Drive, after a citizen called in to 911 about the vehicle being dumped in the pond.

On September 29, 2012, Mr. Evans succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 6:09 a.m. at Carolinas Medical Center.

Detectives immediately obtained a Murder warrant for Stefano Jett. Mr. Jett remains in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective. Detective Greenly is the lead detective assigned to this case. In addition, you may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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