Updated 08/16/2012 05:22 PM
Mint Hill police investigate deadly pedestrian accident
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MINT HILL, N.C. -- Mint Hill Police are still trying to determine if a stolen van set on fire is the same vehicle that hit and killed a pedestrian early Thursday morning.
Jeffrey Hardin was found in the middle of Lebanon Road around 2:45 a.m. Police said he was walking on the side of the road when he was struck head on.
Hardin, 23, was walking home from a friend's house early Thursday morning, when he was hit by a passing vehicle and left for dead.
"Sad that someone would hit someone like that and not even call anybody,” said Hardin's father, Charles. “If they would have called, he'd probably still be alive. Beyond things you can comprehend."
Hardin's father, Charles said his son called around 1:30 a.m. to say he was headed home. That was the last time he spoke with him.
Mint Hill Police wouldn't release much about a suspect's vehicle. Detectives are looking into the possibility that a stolen vehicle set on fire nearby is connected.
There wasn't much left of a 2002 Chevrolet Venture police said was stolen from the Walmart parking lot on Albemarle Road, near Harrisburg. A police report said the doors were unlocked, and the keys were left in the ignition.
Police recovered the burnt vehicle near the corners of Albemarle and Willgrove-Mint Hill Roads. Someone passing by called police when they saw it on fire.
"He was a good kid.... I'm going to miss him, that's the worst of it,” said Charles Hardin.
Hardin said he hopes when his son's killer is caught is will bring closure to the family.
Mint Hill Police ask anyone with information about the crash to call them at 704-545-1085.