Answers still sought in Union Co. hit-and-run case
Updated: 05/07/2012 09:47 PM
By: Adam Rhew
MONROE -- A month after a Union County man was killed in what police say was a hit-and-run, his loved ones are still waiting for answers -- and an arrest.
Joshua Crowley's friends and family say they're trying to be patient, but that is getting harder to do.
"He was just a special guy. We're just lost without him," said his grandmother Doris Hartis.
Crowley's grandparents raised him for most of his life. He planted a flower garden in their yard, cut their grass and played with the family dog, Rascal.
Now the people Crowley knew as Ma and Pa are waiting for answers about the crash that took the young man's life.
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"So we're just trying to be patient," Hartis said.
Police said they believe the driver of a silver Lexus hit Crowley around 10 p.m. on April 7. No one found his body until the next morning. People who knew Crowley are frustrated that the driver hasn't been charged.
"Why is this case different," said Kaitlyn Pearce, one of Crowley's friends. "Why is this being treated different from all the other ones that have happened?"
Friends said they want closure for the Hartises.
"I feel like they need some justice, I feel like they need some answers, I feel like they need to know exactly what's going on," said Cheryl Porter, who lives next door.
Police have yet to interview the driver and they are not releasing the person's name, pending the outcome of lab tests at the medical examiner's office in Chapel Hill.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol wouldn't talk to us on camera, but troopers said the case is still a priority. They said they've asked to expedite the lab tests and promise charges will come soon.
"It's really hard for us to wake up every day knowing that (the driver is) still living their life as a free citizen and they've done something wrong, they've done something illegal," Pearce said.
Crowley's grandparents said they feel sorry for the driver.
"You know really, my heart goes out to them," Hartis said. "It's a sad situation on both sides."