The State Highway Patrol arrested the driver suspected of hitting and killing a state highway worker late Friday morning as she was helping clear a downed tree along Alternate U.S. 264 in Wilson County.
Jamari Marquis Powell of Bailey was arrested late Friday and charged with felony hit and run, according to the Highway Patrol.
Powell, 31, is accused of hitting Anna Gavin Bradshaw as she was holding a sign and standing on the shoulder of the highway west of the City of Wilson just before 11 a.m.
The car that hit Bradshaw did not stop, according to the Highway Patrol, and authorities were looking for a Honda Accord. State troopers say they found the car when they arrested Powell.
Bradshaw, 60, was part of a crew based in Wilson that was working to remove the tree from alongside the highway, which is also known as Raleigh Road Parkway, according to N.C. Department of Transportation spokesman Jamie Kritzer. She had been with NCDOT for 11 years.
“Anna was a dedicated and hard-working employee in the Wilson County maintenance office and will be missed by her NCDOT family,” the department said in a statement. “This is a tragic reminder of how our employees and contractors risk their lives every day serving the public.”