2 charged in Greene County hit-and-run that killed pedestrian

POSTED: 1:27 PM Dec 24 2013   UPDATED: 1:13 PM Oct 31 2013
Jamal Johnson and Rosa Cerna
SNOW HILL, GREENE COUNTY -

Investigators said they have charged two people in a Greene County hit-and-run that killed a pedestrian.

According to the Highway Patrol, 27-year-old Jamal Antwon Johnson, of Stantonburg, has been charged with felony hit-and-run and driving while license revoked. He was being held at the Greene County Jail under a $25,000 secured bond.
 
Meanwhile, Johnson's passenger 24-year-old Rosa Elena Cerna, of Stantonburg, has been charged with aiding and abetting felony hit-and-run. She was also being held under a $25,000 secured bond.

Troopers said Johnson's vehicle hit 36-year-old Jimmy Terrell Suggs about half-a-mile north of Browntown Road, near 5091 U.S. 258 South in Snow Hill. It happened at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday. Johnson then drove away from the scene after the impact, according to investigators.

Suggs, of Snow Hill, was walking when he was hit, troopers said. He was found on the east shoulder of U.S. 258 and was transported to Lenoir Memorial Hospital in Kinston, where he later died.

Troopers said they believed Suggs walked into the path of the vehicle, so it was unclear why the driver left the scene.

NewsChannel 12 spoke with Suggs' family, who said he was hit right outside of their home.

Suggs' aunt, Joyce, said she woke up early Sunday morning to her nephew’s girlfriend banging on her door to tell her there was an accident.  

“It touched my heart to see my nephew laying down there and would not respond to what I said," Joyce said.

Suggs' mother, Gaynell, said she doesn't know why her son was outside at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday. Gaynell said her son's girlfriend told her they were having a fight right before he was hit.

Gaynell said the victim was her only son. She said the man was known to family and friends as "Ronnie Boy," and was a man of faith.   

"He was nice, fun, lovable, always smiling and carried himself in a decent way," said Gaynell.

Suggs leaves behind a 15-year-old daughter.