Man charged in fatal hit-and-run crash in Asheville

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WSPA) – Asheville Police Department officials said a man has been charged in a fatal hit-and-run that happened early Sunday morning.

According to a police department news release, Maxwell James Theofrastous, 29, of Asheville, has been charged in the death of pedestrian, Bradley Christopher Barnes, 30, also of Asheville.

Barnes was reportedly attempting to cross the five lane intersection of Max Street and South Charlotte Street when he was hit by a vehicle, according to police. 

The vehicle then fled the scene after hitting Barnes. Officer said on Monday they believed the vehicle to be a metallic blue Toyota Highlander.

Theofrastous was arrested and charged with felony hit-and-run resulting in death, driving on a revoked license, operating vehicle with no insurance and expired inspection. 

He was taken to the Buncombe County Detention Center, where he was being held on $85,000 bond.

Asheville Police Department officials released a vehicle description connected to a fatal hit-and-run that happened early Sunday morning.

According to a police department news release, police believe the vehicle that hit Bradley Christopher Barnes, 29, of Asheville, was a 2003-2007 Toyota Highlander.

Barnes was reportedly attempting to cross the five lane intersection of Max Street and South Charlotte Street when he was hit by a vehicle, according to police. 

The vehicle then fled the scene after hitting Barnes.

Police said the Highlander is believed to be metallic blue and said the vehicle will have damage to the front driver side.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 828-252-1110 or Asheville-Buncombe Crime Stoppers at 828-255-5050.

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