Suspect Arrested For Deadly Caldwell County Hit And Run

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Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol have arrested a man who was wanted for a deadly Caldwell County hit and run last week.

Charles Steward Bean, 55, of Creedmoor, North Carolina has been arrested and charged with felony hit and run.

Officials say Bean was arrested at his residence by the State Highway Patrol Reconstruction Unit.  He is being held at the Granville County Detention Center under a $35,000 bond.

The 2008 Toyota Sienna minivan involved in the accident was recovered by the State Highway Patrol.

Authorities say tips from the public helped investigators identify Bean as the suspect.

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CALDWELL COUNTY, NC — Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol are looking for a suspect involved in a deadly hit and run Thursday morning.

The accident happened around 11:40am on US 221 near Grandfather Mountain. Troopers say a cyclist was hit head-on when a minivan crossed the double yellow line coming around a curve and then continued without stopping.

The cyclist has been identified as 61-year-old Ignacio Giraldo, of Sunrise, Florida. He was airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, Tennessee, but died from injuries on Saturday.

Troopers say Giraldo was riding with his daughter and two others when the accident occurred.

The suspect vehicle is described as a charcoal grey 2005-2010 Toyota Sienna minivan. Troopers say the vehicle will be missing a large piece of the right front bumper and has significant damage to the windshield and side mirror on the passenger side.

The vehicle also has Batman, YETI and UNC Tarheel stickers on the rear.

Troopers describe the suspect as a white male, 50-60 years of age, with a white or gray beard and possibly wearing glasses.

Surveillance images (seen above) released by the NCSHP show what is believed to be the suspect and vehicle stopped at a gas station in Boone.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NCSHP at 828-466-5500.