Police Arrest Woman In Connection With Deadly Hit-And-Run

The Winston-Salem Police Department served a warrant for the arrest of a woman involved in a deadly hit-and-run.

Police say they located the suspect vehicle on Buick Street in Winston-Salem. They believe the driver of the car, Viola Demitria Spencer hit a man, dragging him for more than two miles.

According to a police report, after hitting Hill, Spencer stopped momentarily - and then took off.

Police say the victim, 54-year-old, John Otis Hill later died at Baptist Hospital.

But for neighbors who saw all the blue police lights they say they'll never forget it.

"I just heard one guy crying and another one running. And I looked up," said Mac Holman Jr., who lives close to the accident scene.

Bright blue police lights drew him and his neighbor, Charles, out of their homes Wednesday night.

"When I came out here it was like four or five police cars out here, they had the streets roped off," Charles said.

Now, the flashing lights are gone...but they are still flashing back to the horror that happened right outside their front doors.

It is an emotional struggle.

"I don't understand why if you hit something, seems as though you could hear something being dragged. Wouldn't you?" Charles asked rhetorically.

At the corner of Cleveland Avenue and 25th street, investigators have marked the area of the impact.

Their drawings indicate they found a phone on one side of the road, a shoe on the other side and a blood trial leading about two and a half miles down the road.

And for those two and a half miles, the blood trail tells the story: Spencer made several lane changes, at least four turns, drove through a gas station, maybe stopped at a pump... before later turning onto Kapp Street.

Based on the blood trail and police markings, Spencer tried turning at Idlewild Industrial Drive; there, the blood trial ends and that's where police say they found Hill.

"That's just sad for anybody, even an animal. Being dragged that far," Holman Jr. added.

This is the sixth traffic fatality for the city of Winston-Salem in 2014. There were four around this time last year.

Police obtained a warrant for arrest against Spencer for Destroy/Alter/Conceal/Tamper with evidence. Spencer bond was set at $25,000.

If you have any information, call 336-773-7700 or 336-727-2800.

You can remain anonymous.


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