Man arrested after fatal hit-and-run in Concord

by: Catherine Bilkey Updated:


CONCORD, N.C. - A man is in jail accused of hitting and killing a man with his car outside a Concord restaurant, then driving off.

Police found Darrin Edwards four hours after the accident.

The victim leaves behind a fiancee right before Christmas.

Police said Juan Torres was struck close to El Patron, the restaurant behind me. He died before MEDIC could get him to the hospital.

The victim's fiancee called Bob Andrews, the couple's landlord and friend early Sunday morning, right after the accident.

She told him that Torres, 50, had been hit by a car and killed.

"Juan was a really good guy. He was a real hardworking fella," Andrews said.

Torres had moved to Concord less than a year ago for work.

"They're struggling to make a living just like everybody else, and I think Juan was the primary breadwinner in the family," Andrews said.

To find out that the driver took off made the crime even more devastating.

"It should never have happened," Andrews said.

It took officers hours of collecting physical evidence to link the crime to Edwards and his Jeep.

They're now waiting on blood tests from the state to confirm that alcohol contributed to the accident.

Edwards is facing felony hit-and-run and misdemeanor death by vehicle charges. Torres' friends are trying to make sense out of a senseless accident.

The victim's family is going into the holiday season without him.

"I just want everyone to remember them and pray for them this time of year. It's just a heartbreaking thing," Andrews said.

Edwards is behind bars on a $100,000 bond. He's expected in court Monday.