Man dies after jumping from Winston-Salem cab to avoid fare

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina man who jumped from a moving cab to avoid paying his fare died from his injuries.

Winston-Salem police told local media that 41-year-old Michael Jason Curl of Hickory jumped from a taxi early Tuesday.

Police said Curl worked at the Dixie Classic Fair and was headed back to the fair after a hospital visit when he refused to pay and jumped.

Investigators who found Curl's body thought he'd been struck by a hit and run driver.

Lt. Vincent Rega said investigators learned that Curl had tried to skip out on the cab fare. Police said the cab driver reported the skipped fare and drove on, not realizing how badly Curl was hurt.

Police said the taxi driver will not be charged.

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