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13-year-old left lying in a ditch after hit-and-run, suspect arrested days later

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Mar. 19 2022, Published 11:08 a.m. ET

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A teen was hit and killed by a vehicle and left in a ditch, and now police say they have arrested the suspect.

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Around 1:30 a.m. on March 14, police in Greenville, North Carolina, responded to an area for a report of a person lying in a ditch. Officers found a dead 13-year-old boy, who appeared to be a victim of a hit-and-run.

Shortly after 9:30 a.m. that same day, family members called to report Jacquile Ray Jackson missing, according to Greenville police.

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The description of Jackson was similar to the person in the ditch, police said. The next day, a medical expert confirmed the victim was Jackson.

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Police investigated and named 36-year-old Jamal Derrece Stephenson as a suspect. He was arrested days later and charged with felony hit-and-run while driving on a revoked license.

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Investigators say a tip from the public helped identify Stephenson as the driver.

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Source: Unsplash; Greenville police
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