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Police: Pickup truck strikes, kills pedestrian

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SMITHFIELD -— An 85-year-old woman died after a pickup truck hit her as she walked through a supermarket parking lot last week.

The crash happened at noon Oct. 9 at Carlie C’s IGA, 721 N. Brightleaf Blvd.

Smithfield police identified the victim as Hilda Phillips of Selma. Police say she was walking through the parking lot when she was struck by a GMC Sierra pickup driven by 82-year-old John Hendricks of Souderton, Pennsylvania. 

Johnston County EMS medics and Smithfield firefighters attempted lifesaving measures, but Phillips succumbed to her injuries at the scene.

Hendricks is charged with misdemeanor causing death by motor vehicle. He received a $5,000 unsecured bond and has a Nov. 25 court date.

Anyone with information about this case can call the Smithfield Police Department at 919-934-2121. Anonymous tips can be made on the police department’s tip line, 919-989-8835, and online at