Family of man killed in motorcycle accident speaks out

by: Torie Wells Updated:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte police said 55-year-old Willis Larry Hill was driving his motorcycle when a 16-year-old girl pulled out in front of him. Police said he was taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Main, where he died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the crash.

It happened at the intersection of Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road and Overlook Mountain Drive on Friday morning.

"Willis Larry Hill was a devoted Christian, father and friend to all he met," read Larry Correll from a statement his son-in-law Matthew Hill wrote about his father Willis Larry Hill.

Matthew Hill was not ready to speak on camera, but told Eyewitness News he also had a message for the 16-year-old girl accused of causing the crash.

"We love you and support you in your time of pain through this incident. God loves you, be strong," read Correll from the statement.

Hill's family said he loved God, spent countless hours with his grandson and was very involved at his church. The pastor at Catawba Heights Baptist told Eyewitness News that Hill was at church several days a week and also volunteered, working with prisoners. Friday night the church held a moment of silence.

Hill's family said he loved his motorcycle and Friday morning he was on his way to work in Huntersville when police said a driver pulled out in front of him. Because of the teen driver's age, Eyewitness News is not releasing her name.

Police said she is being charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, but that is not what Hill's son said he wants.

"We would ask that all charges be dropped. Bad things happen to good people," read Correll from the statement Hill's son wrote.

The family wants to remember the good times with a man very well loved.

"He loved us and we loved him, we loved his heart," Correll said.

Eyewitness News did reach out to the district attorney's office asking how likely it was that those charges would be dropped. Channel 9 was told the office can't comment on pending cases.