Man faces felony after hit-and-run kills European student

By on August 26, 2014


Peter Luke

A 21-year-old student from Europe was killed Monday night while walking along N.C. 12 in Currituck County, and a Corolla man has been charged with felony hit-and-run in connection with the incident.

Trooper B.K. Evans of the North Carolina Highway Patrol said both a sport utility vehicle and the pedestrian were traveling northbound on N.C. 12 in the Ocean Sands section of Corolla sometime after 11 p.m.

Evans said Asen Zahariev was hit by the vehicle and his body was thrown 30 feet from the point of impact near the Harris Teeter supermarket where the young man was an employee.

Zahariev, reportedly from Bulgaria, was discovered around 6 a.m. by a passing newspaper carrier.

The body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Greenville.

Tuesday around 8 a.m., Peter Thomas Luke Jr., 37, came to the fire station in Corolla and reported he thought he had struck a deer sometime around midnight with his SUV.

Upon further investigation by the Highway Patrol, Evans said the damage to the vehicle was consistent with the injuries suffered by the victim.

Luke was arrested and charged with felony hit-and-run causing serious injury or death. Bond was set at $20,000, the highest amount possible under state statute for a class F felony.

Results of toxicology tests on Luke are pending, Evans said, and Luke has a first appearance scheduled for Wednesday in Currituck County District Court.




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