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Creedmoor man charged in Caldwell hit-and-run that killed cyclist

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NEWTON — State troopers investigating a fatal hit-and-run in Caldwell County earlier this month charged a Creedmoor man in connection to the case last week.

The N.C. State Highway Patrol arrested Charles Steward Bean, 55, with felony hit and run resulting in injury or death.

He is accused of killing 61-year-old Florida man Ignacio Giraldo, who was bicycling Oct. 10 along U.S. Highway 221 near Grandfather Mountain with his daughter and two others.

The highway patrol said a gray Toyota Sienna minivan crossed the double yellow line in a curve, hit Giraldo head-on and continued without stopping.

Giraldo was airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, Tennessee in critical condition and died two days later.

Investigators asked the public to help identify the driver and the vehicle. On Oct. 14, after receiving a tip that the minivan was spotted at a gas station in Boone, the highway patrol released images of the vehicle — which was heavily damaged — and a suspect.

Troopers said Bean was later identified as the driver. He was arrested Wednesday at his home in Granville County. Additional charges are expected, officials said.

Bean was held at the Caldwell County jail under a $35,000 secured bond.