Special Report to Blowing Rock News from North Carolina Department of Public Safety. By Master Trooper Jeffrey S. Swagger. January 8, 2020. NEWTON, NC – On 7 January 2020 at approximately 5:35 p.m., the NC State Highway Patrol (NCSHP) responded to and is investigating a fatal hit and run collision in Iredell County on I-40 West near I-77. A pedestrian, possibly having a medical issue, was walking west on I-40. As a passerby stopped to check on the man, a pickup truck ran off the right side of the roadway, sideswiped the concrete construction barrier, collided with the passerby’s vehicle, and struck the pedestrian. The pickup truck fled the scene. The pedestrian, Harold Dean Stewart III, 28, of Statesville, died at the scene.
Troopers are searching for a late 80’s model Chevrolet pickup truck. The vehicle may be light blue or faded blue with white two-tone on the side. There will be damage to the front and right side of the truck. Investigators are asking for assistance from the public. Anyone with information is asked to immediately contact the NCSHP Communications Center at 828-466-5500 or dial 911.