Tod-Jaa Dazu-Juan Tilley Arrested for Fatal Crash in Alexander County | SEO-Optimized Title

Man Arrested in Connection to Fatal crash in Alexander County

A 38-year-old man from Taylorsville, identified as Tod-Jaa Dazu-Juan Tilley, has been arrested by authorities in Alexander County. He is facing multiple charges including death by vehicle, flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of stolen goods, driving left of center, reckless driving to endanger, and driving while license revoked.

Fatal Crash and Suspected Car Theft

The charges against Tilley are linked to a tragic incident that occurred on Thursday afternoon (February 1) in Alexander County. According to our news partner WACB, the suspect, who was driving a stolen 2019 Toyota Camry, crashed into an SUV while attempting to flee from North Carolina State Highway Patrol Troopers. The SUV driver, identified as 62-year-old Clint Carlton Hoke from Hiddenite, sadly lost his life in the collision. His passenger, 50-year-old Bridget Rivers Preston, also from Hiddenite, suffered life-threatening injuries and was airlifted from the scene.

The crash took place at the intersection of North Carolina State Highway 16 and Fairgrounds Road, where the Honda Pilot SUV was making a left turn onto NC Highway 16. The suspect’s stolen vehicle collided with the SUV, resulting in the tragic outcome. The pursuit by law enforcement began when a trooper spotted the stolen car in the Taylorsville Wal-Mart parking lot, which led to the suspect fleeing at a high speed on Highway 16 south. The chase covered approximately two miles before ending in the fatal crash.

Arrest and Ongoing Legal Proceedings

Tilley, who was identified as the suspect driving the stolen car, was pulled from the burning vehicle and taken to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries. After receiving medical care, he was released from the hospital and taken into custody. Presently, he is being held in the Alexander County Detention Center under a secured bond of $1 million. A District Court date has been scheduled for next Monday (February 5).

It is important to note that Tilley has an extensive criminal history dating back to at least 2010, which further raises concerns about his involvement in this incident. In response to the crash, Highway 16 was temporarily closed until approximately 1 a.m. today (February 2) to facilitate the investigation and ensure public safety.

As the investigation progresses, authorities will continue to gather evidence and build their case against Tilley. Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Clint Carlton Hoke during this difficult time.

[Story courtesy of Rick Gilbert, WACB]

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