A Newton man has been charged in a hit-and-run crash that killed a motorcyclist Wednesday evening.
Authorities say a 2004 Ford pickup, driven by Timothy Jay Roberts, 65, of Newton, was traveling south on N.C. Hwy. 16. Roberts attempted to turn left onto Mount Olive Church Road, failed to yield the right of way and collided with a northbound 2000 Harley-Davidson Sportster, according to a news release from the N.C. State Highway Patrol.
The crash occurred around 6:15 p.m. The truck fled the scene, according to the release.
The motorcycle was driven by Troy Michael Faust, 26, of Conover. He died at the scene, the release stated.
Faust is the brother of Catawba County Deputy Brandie Trouille. She’s worked at the sheriff’s office for eight years.
Sheriff Don Brown said the officers will be doing what they can to support Trouille and her family. “We are keeping them in our thoughts and prayers,” he said. “We certainly grieve with them.”
“As law enforcement, we see this stuff a lot more than normal people should, but when it’s one of your own, it’s different,” Brown said.
“We are dealing with our own emotions. We’re dealing with supporting our staff, our employees and our family. And also we have to do our job right and professionally,” he said.
Roberts was arrested at a residence several miles from the scene. He was charged with driving while impaired, felony death by vehicle and felony hit and run. The results of a blood test are pending.
Roberts was issued a $5,000 bond.
The roads surrounding the scene were closed for six hours during the investigation.
Roberts appears in court
Roberts was in court Thursday morning for his first appearance.
Catawba County Judge Richard Holloway reminded Roberts of the charges he faces and then asked if he planned to hire his own attorney, needed a court-appointed attorney or wanted to represent himself. Roberts told Judge Holloway he would hire his own defense counsel.