KENLY, NC (The Johnson County Report) – The death of a 42 year-old Kenly man was no accident according to police.
Kenly Police have filed murder charges against the driver of a car they say intentionally struck a bicyclist causing his death.
It happened Friday morning near the intersection of Highway 222 and Maple Street in the Kenly city limits. Genaro Muniz-Padilla, 18, of Kenly was reportedly behind the wheel of a car that struck Jamica Williams on his bicycle.
Williams was rushed to Johnston Medical Center in Smithfield where he died as a result of his injuries.
Police Chief Josh Gibson said the victim and suspect had a prior altercation before the fatal encounter. Muniz-Padilla is facing a second-degree murder charge.
Jamica Williams attended North Johnston High School. He also had 3 sons according to his brother, Shelton Williams. Jamica had been living in Greensboro the past 2 years. He returned to Kenly about a month ago to be closer to his family and was living on N. College Avenue. He was hired by a company in Selma just last week.
Family members said police have released very few details to them about what happened. A relative of the victim told JoCoReport.com an eyewitness told family members it started after the suspect became upset at Jamica Williams for allegedly saying something to a female at a nearby home before he left pushing a bicycle. Muniz-Padilla allegedly followed and after stopping and confronting him again, got back into his vehicle and fatally struck him.
A graveside funeral service for Jamica Williams will be held Thursday in Selma.