Harrells, N.C. — A Sampson County truck driver was charged with driving while impaired, involuntary manslaughter and several other charges Wednesday in the hit-and-run death of a 7-year-old girl at a bus stop Tuesday afternoon.
Johnny Allen Spell, 37, of 192 Bud Spell Lane in Roseboro, also faces charges of felony passing a stopped school bus, felony hit and run and driving while impaired while operating a commercial motor vehicle, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said.
Investigators said he was driving a logging truck Tuesday afternoon on U.S. Highway 421 near Herring Road in the town of Harrels, when he passed a stopped school bus around 3:45 p.m., hit Alyiah McKenzie Morgan and kept driving.
Morgan, a first-grader at Union Elementary School, died while on her way to Sampson Regional Medical Center in Clinton, troopers said.
Spell, who works for Roseboro-based Lucas Ricky Trucking, and the truck were located several hours later near Autryville, about 30 miles away from the crash.
He was in the Sampson County jail under a $200,000 bond Wednesday morning.
According to court records, he was arrested last week for driving without an operator's license.