Juston Riccardo Jones
Juston Riccardo Jones

Police say a 25-year-old man has confessed to being the driver of a car involved in a hit-and-run incident that killed a 19-year-old woman Dec. 2 in south Charlotte.

Police identified the suspect as Juston Riccardo Jones. He was charged with felony hit-and-run.

According to CMPD reports, Jeanny Phara Lamartiniere was struck by a burgundy Infiniti shortly before 11:45 p.m. in the 4400 block of Pineville-Matthews Road. When officers arrived, they found the woman lying in the street unresponsive. She died two days later.

Based on evidence at the crime scene, investigators were able to piece together a description of the car, which was later identified as an Infiniti J30, as well as damage it sustained during the collision.

According to news reports, police located the car after someone called to say that it was hidden under a tarp, but at the time, police were unable to find its owner. Jones turned himself in the next day, according to a CMPD spokesman.

Investigators believe Lamartiniere was stuck by the Infiniti after she jumped from another car in which she and a friend were having an argument.

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