by: Alexa Ashwell Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Investigators are searching for the driver who struck a Navy veteran on Brookshire Boulevard and didn't stop.
Police said Robert Lee Stephenson Jr., 51, wasn't in a crosswalk when he was hit by a truck early Tuesday morning.
Stephenson was rushed to Carolina's Medical Center with severe head trauma.
Family members told Channel 9 despite his injuries he was able to describe the vehicle to police as a silver or grey truck.
Investigators said the driver traveled outbound on Brookshire Boulevard after the accident happened.
"It is just hard to imagine that someone would hit a man and leave him in the street to die," said Johnny Allen, who knows Stephenson through a transitional housing ministry he runs called Hoskins Park Ministries. "They didn't even call for help."
Channel 9 found Allen Thursday after learning Stephenson has been living at the transitional housing ministry for the past month. The home is just a-half mile from where he was hit early Tuesday morning.
"He was in the process of getting his life back on track," explained Allen. "It is hard to imagine a person so heartless. This is a person who wouldn’t even stop."
As of Thursday night, family members told Channel 9 doctors are still working to bring down swelling in Stephenson's brain.
If you have any information regarding this case you are asked to contact police.
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