Troopers Narrow Search For Fatal Hit & Run Car

State troopers say they've now been able to narrow down their search for a hit and run vehicle that killed a Roanoke Rapids woman.

Sheila Brinson was struck and killed around 1:20 a.m. Saturday on Branch Avenue in Roanoke Rapids.

The vehicle never stopped.

Thanks to a recovered driver's side mirror, they've been able to track that part number to either a Mercury Grand Marquis or Ford Crown Victoria, between the years 1992 and 1994. Troopers say the car's color is champagne.

Troopers say the person was speeding around 50 to 55 mph and crossed the center line when the car struck Brinson. The speed limit on that stretch of the road is 35 mph.

Troopers say the vehicle would be missing a mirror on the driver’s side and should have extensive damage to the front of the car.

Anyone who has spotted this car should call their nearest Highway Patrol office, or *HP on their cell phone.


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Troopers are looking for a suspect in a hit and run that left a Roanoke Rapids woman dead.

According to troopers 47-year-old Sheila Brinson was killed around 1:20 a.m. Saturday after being hit by a champagne-colored vehicle on Branch Avenue.

Troopers say the suspect was speeding around 50 to 55 mph and crossed the center line when the vehicle struck Brinson. The speed limit on that stretch of the road is 35 mph.

Troopers say the suspect’s vehicle would be missing a mirror on the driver’s side and should have extensive damage to the front of the car. They believe the vehicle may be a ford passenger car, possibly a Taurus.

If you have any information please contact NC Highway Patrol.


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  • by Connie Location: Greenville on Mar 28, 2011 at 10:07 PM
    I walked many times at night home from work, special when my old car broke down. It does not matters what the person done that late at night on the road, the driver needed to stop after the accident. I hope the Troopers catch him and fry him/here.
  • by Fact Bringer Location: Greenville on Mar 28, 2011 at 09:01 PM
    Roanoke Rapids is a frequent stop for dinner or coffee or gas when I'm travelling north and getting a late start. You see folks from all over the country in that town due to I-95 and the assortment of restaurants and gas stations that are so accessible from the interstate. It's pretty normal for various folks to be out at 1am around there. I hope they find out who did this- it is absolutely tragic that things like this happen. Tragic.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Mar 28, 2011 at 08:30 AM
    What in the world was someone doing walking in the road at 1:00am?should have known that's the time when drunk's and drug users and dealers rule the road.
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      by Free on Mar 28, 2011 at 01:18 PM in reply to pete
      Pete, I don't know about you but I have paid my dues and should be able to walk the streets when I please without someone asking why. I once walked the roads some nights when working overtime to support my family.
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