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Police: Social media photos lead them to hit-and-run suspect

Posted at 6:53 AM, Feb 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-11 09:53:18-05

WILMINGTON, NC (AP) — Wilmington, NC police used Facebook and tips from the public to identify a young woman they said tried to hit a former boyfriend with her car.

Police pulled a photo of Courtnay Danielle Lawrence, 22, posing with her damaged 2016 Hyundai Elantra from social media.

On Wednesday, police circulated video of the hit-and-run on Rutledge Drive where a dark sedan could be seen plowing into a walking couple.

A man in a dark, hooded sweatshirt manages to escape, while the car hits and flips a woman in a pink shirt.

The woman told police she and a male acquaintance were walking back from the store when she heard a horn and was hit. The woman suffered multiple injuries to her head, shoulder, hips and knees, according to police.

The Wilmington Police Department offered a reward of up to $5,000 for information on the driver of the car.

On Friday, they identified her as Lawrence and charged her with assault with a deadly weapon, hit and run, failure to give information/aid to personal injury and driving without a license.

Anyone with information on where Lawrence might be is asked to call Wilmington police at 910-343-3609.