Truck strikes, kills man lying in road

Jan. 14, 2014 @ 09:36 AM

No charges have been filed after a Winston-Salem man was run over by a vehicle in Lee County Friday.

Joshua Brandon Stokes, 27, of Winston-Salem, was lying in the 2100 block of Post Office Road when Joseph Todd Harrington, 45, of Sanford, reportedly ran over Stokes in his Ford pickup truck at 8:37 p.m., according N.C. Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. R. Elkins.

Contrary to reports published in other media outlets, the incident is not being considered a hit and run.

It is unclear why Stokes was in the middle of the road, and it is not believed he had previously been struck by a vehicle, Elkins said.

“We don't know anything about the conditions surrounding his lying in the road,” Elkins said. “We are waiting on the Medical Examiner's office [report].”

The weather was rainy, and there was limited lighting at the incident site, which was near the intersection of Post Office and Lower Moncure roads, according to Elkins.

“It was in an area with no external lighting, very few houses and in a wooded area,” he said. “Harrington stopped and was there the entire time.”

Nearby on Post Office Road, Amanda Suzanne Garcia, 22, of Bear Creek, was charged with possession with intent to sell cocaine, possession with intent to sell marijuana, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia by Lee County Sheriff's Office drug agents, according to a Lee County Sheriff's Office press release. Both Elkins and Lee County Sheriff Narcotics Capt. John Holly said Garcia was Stokes' girlfriend. She is being held at the Lee County Jail under a $1.5 million bond.

“Once the [deputies] got to the scene, they discovered drugs on her,” Holly said, adding she was located "down a few driveways" on Post Office Road at the time of the incident.

Elkins said authorities are working to determine whether the two incidents are related.

“It does not appear, at this time, that the [arrest] was directly related to him getting run over,” Elkins said. “As to why he was in the road, we are still trying to ascertain that. … We are still investigating all avenues.”

The North Carolina Highway Patrol, Northview Fire Department, Lee County Sheriff's Office and emergency medical personnel responded to the incident.