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Suspect in fatal Walmart hit-and-run arrested again

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Jan 17 2014 03:07:21 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 17 2014 03:10:49 PM CST
Brandon Yaw

CORRECTION NOTICE: In the previous version of this story, it was reported that the suspect allegedly tried to take off his electronic monitoring device. That information was from a jail official. NewsChannel 12 has since learned that the suspect was arrested for a different allegation. The details in the story have been corrected.

A man accused of killing a young woman in a hit-and-run in front of a Greenville Walmart has been arrested once again.

According to arrest warrants, 27-year-old Brandon Yaw allegedly broke into an "inventory control device" to remove Coricidin while at a Food Lion on Old Tar Road in Winterville Tuesday.

Coricidin is a cough medicine. Per the conditions of Yaw's bond, he is forbidden to take any drugs.

Because Yaw allegedly tried to steal the medicine, he was arrested on Thursday and is being jailed under a $110,000 bond at the Pitt County Detention Center, said investigators.

Yaw was previously arrested for allegedly driving an SUV that hit 23-year-old Jessica Anderson in the parking lot of the Walmart on E. 10th Street in Greenville. It happened on the night of Dec. 12.

Anderson died early the next day at Vidant Medical Center, police said.

Yaw allegedly drove away from the scene, but was arrested in Grimesland shortly after the crash, according to investigators. He was then charged with felony hit-and-run causing serious injury or death. Yaw faces up to five years and two months in prison if convicted.

A family member of Anderson said Yaw hit the victim accidentally "because he was looking the wrong way." But Yaw didn't come out of his SUV to help; instead, he then "ran right on over her," the relative said.

Yaw had said in a previous court appearance that he and Anderson were engaged. But according to family of the victim, the two were only dating.

Prior to the alleged hit-and-run on Dec. 12, Yaw had been held in the Pitt County Detention Center 24 times, records stated.

Since 2003, Yaw has served more than four years and two months in prison on convictions ranging from breaking-and-entering to larceny, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety.