Durham County

Crash killed moped driver. Now police are asking for help finding driver.

Officers with the N.C. Highway Patrol are asking drivers to look for a box truck similar to this one, believed to have been involved in a deadly hit-and-run crash that killed moped driver Thaj Lamar Singleton of Siler City on Sept. 12.
Officers with the N.C. Highway Patrol are asking drivers to look for a box truck similar to this one, believed to have been involved in a deadly hit-and-run crash that killed moped driver Thaj Lamar Singleton of Siler City on Sept. 12. Submitted

Investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a person of interest who was in the area of a deadly hit-and-run crash on U.S. 421 in Chatham County.

On September 12, 2017, about 3:30 a.m., a black moped operated by Thaj Lamar Singleton, 18, of 42 John Snipes Road, Siler City, was travelling northbound on U.S. 421. Singleton was in the right lane just south of Gilmore Lodge Road when another vehicle struck the moped from behind and the driver fled the scene. The moped operator was ejected from his scooter and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The photograph that accompanies this story is not the actual suspect vehicle, but is a likeness of the suspect vehicle. Investigators believe the suspect vehicle is an early 2000s model International Box Truck (possibly white in color). Damage to the right and center of the front bumper are probable, with the front passenger side light being inoperable.

Anyone who can provide information on the vehicle shown in the photograph or its driver is encouraged to contact the N.C. Highway Patrol Raleigh Communications Center at 1-800-662-7956 or the Chatham County District Office at 919-742-2124.

Cliff Bellamy: 919-419-6744, @CliffBellamy1

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