Reward increased in death of hit-and-run victim

GREENVILLE - A Greenville businessman offered an additional $2,000 in reward money for information in the death of a hit-and-run victim.

Austin Baeza, 20, died when he was hit by a car along Highway 33 near Memorial Drive in Pitt County on Aug. 18.

Baeza's mother told NewsChannel 12 Brent Lee, of Lee of Greenville Incorporated, offered the extra reward money.

The additional money is on top of the $5,000 CrimeStoppers is already offering for information leading to an arrest in the case.


Troopers continue to search for the hit-and-run driver who killed a man on Highway 33 and N. Memorial Saturday morning.

Trooper David Swanson said a man discovered the body while walking along the road about 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The victim has been identified as 20-year-old Austin Baeza of Mooresville. Baeza was buried Wednesday morning at St. Therese Catholic Church in Mooresville.

Pitt Community College officials confirm Baeza was enrolled to start classes this fall semester through their Transfer Student program.

Swanson saud investigators believe the hit-and-run happened around 5 a.m. Saturday.

Trooper Sales said the car authorities are looking for is a gray or silver Chrysler vehicle. The vehicle involved would be missing a radio antenna, a right mirror and have front headlight damage.

There are no suspects at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to call Pitt-Greenville Crime Stoppers at 252-758-7777. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000.

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