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CURRITUCK COUNTY -- A Corolla man has been charged after he allegedly hit and killed a 21-year-old student from Europe Monday night who was walking along N.C. 12 in Currituck County.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol tells 13News Now that Asen Zahariev was struck by an SUV around 11 p.m. and his body was thrown 30 feet.

The incident occurred near Harris Teeter, where Zahariev was an employee, officials said.

A passing newspaper carrier discovered Zahariev around 6 a.m.

Officials say 37-year-old Peter Thomas Luke Jr. came to the fire station in Corolla Tuesday and said he thought he had struck a deer around midnight with his SUV.

The Highway Patrol said the damage to Luke's vehicle was consistent with the injuries suffered by the victim.

Luke was charged with felony hit-and-run causing serious injury or death and bond was set at $20,000. During his first court appearance Wednesday, bond was reduced to $10,000 and he was assigned a public defender.

Results of toxicology tests on Luke are pending, officials told 13News Now.

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