Wrightsville Beach Police Chief Dan House said officers arrested Joseph Frank Klus, III, 34, on Thursday afternoon on charges related to a hit-and-run. Klus is charged with driving the pickup truck that hit a woman on Waynick Boulevard today and fled the island. Police said that a 78-year-old woman was hit by a silver, 4-door Dodge Ram truck today at 3:33 p.m. on Thursday, June 16 near the 200 block of Waynick Boulevard, about 100 yards north of the Blockade Runner Resort. The truck fled and is believed to have left the island, police said. The woman was transported to New Hanover County Regional Medical Center, where police said she was conscious and alert with non-life threatening injuries.
Police said the Dodge Ram had damage to the front left headlight and issued a be-on-the-lookout alert for the region. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact 911 or the Wrightsville Beach Police Department at (910) 256-7945.