Josue Palacios. Photo courtesy of Lee County Jail.

A Sanford man was charged with felony hit and run after allegedly killing a teenage pedestrian in a wreck Saturday morning, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

The wreck happened around 5:30 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Firetower Road and North Carolina Highway 78, a member of the Highway Patrol told The Rant. The victim, a 16-year-old who was not identified due to her age, was walking toward 78 on Firetower Road when she was struck by Josue Palacios, 39, of Circle Avenue in Sanford.

Troopers said Palacios left the scene of the wreck but was identified as the suspect through an investigation and located later the same morning. Troopers indicated that Palacios did not seem to be impaired and told authorities he thought he’d hit a deer. It was still dark out at the time of the accident.

Palacios was charged with felony hit and run resulting in serious injury or death and failure to report a motor vehicle accident. He was taken to the Lee County Jail, where he is currently being held under $100,000 secured bond.