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Wilson police seek car in Saturday hit-and-run crash

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Wilson police are searching for a car whose driver may be suspected in an early Saturday hit-and-run crash that left a pedestrian in critical condition.

Officers were called to the 100 block of Hines Street near Tarboro Street around 12:44 a.m. after 53-year-old John Russell Gear of Wilson was found in the westbound lane with serious injuries consistent with a motor vehicle crash, Wilson police Capt. Kendra Howell said.

Medics rushed Gear to Wilson Medical Center, where he was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. Howell said he remained in critical condition Saturday night.

The police department's Strategic Traffic Enforcement Patrol and forensic unit are investigating the crash. Wilson firefighters and Wilson County EMS medics also responded to the scene.

Police released security camera images Saturday evening showing a "vehicle of interest" — a white four-door sedan — that investigators are working to identify.

Anyone who recognizes the car is asked to call the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.

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