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Asheboro man arrested in connection with fatal hit & run on I-73

ASHEBORO — An Asheboro man has been charged and arrested in connection with a fatal hit and run earlier this month on I-73 near Greensboro.

Around 7:30 a.m. on April 17th, 2024, the State Highway Patrol responded to a crash on I-73 south, near West Steeple Chase Road in Guilford County. According to the Highway Patrol, 55-year-old Clyde Strickland, of Raeford, N.C. was walking south on I-73 when he was struck by a vehicle.

On Monday, April 22nd, the Highway Patrol was notified by medical staff that Strickland had succumbed to injuries.

Following the crash the NC Highway Patrol sent out a press release to local media outlets asking for information to identify the vehicle and/or driver. On April 27th, investigators said they had located the vehicle they believed was involved in the collision but had not yet identified the driver.

On Tuesday, April 30th, 2024, Troopers arrested and charged 33-year-old Howard Bradford Melendez of Asheboro with felony hit-and-run. Melendez was booked into the Guilford County Jail in Greensboro and received a $15,000 secured bond. He is set to appear in court later this month.