Troopers seek leads in fatal hit and run

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WENDELL — State troopers are asking for the public’s help to identify the driver of a car spotted in the area of a hit-and-run crash that took the life of a teenage cyclist.

Authorities say 16-year-old Josue Banegas of Nesting Eagle Drive, Wendell, was struck from behind by an unknown vehicle while riding his bicycle north on Wendell Falls Parkway toward Eagle Rock Road at 11:02 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3.

Banegas was thrown from the bike and landed on the shoulder of the road. He was rushed to Wake Medical Center, where he died from his injuries, N.C. Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Michael Baker said.

Investigators retrieved an image of a white or light-colored four-door sedan from a security camera near the crash scene. Baker said troopers are working to identify the car’s make and model.

The driver is considered a person of interest in the crash, Baker said.

Anyone who recognizes the vehicle pictured and has information on the driver is asked to call the Highway Patrol Communications Center at 1-800-662-7956 or the Highway Patrol’s Wake County district office at 919-733-4400.