Still few answers in who killed York man in hit-and-run

by: Tina Terry Updated:


YORK, S.C. - Police in York County spent the weekend searching for clues in a hit-and-run accident.

A neighbor found a man's body lying in the road near New and Hill streets in York. Police later identified that man as William Hayes.

On Sunday, the family said they want the person responsible to come forward.

"I don't understand why you would hit someone and keep going," said Rolinda Hayes. 

Hayes said she still finds it hard to believe that her 50-year-old brother, William, is gone.

She said her brother stopped by to visit her early Saturday morning.

"He says, 'Sis, I'm going to go home. I might put on my shoes and just go jogging,’" Hayes recalled.

After that, he stopped to visit his sister, Denise, and left her home around 3:00 a.m. Denise said her brother was walking and was headed to his house on New Street, which is less than half a mile away.

But William Hayes never made it home. 

About 90 minutes later, someone found him lying in New Street not far from Hill Street and called 911. Police said it was a hit-and-run accident, but Sunday they were still investigating exactly when and how the crash took place.

William Hayes worked at McNeely Brothers Painting in York for 15 years. His boss, Leonard McNeely, called him a great employee and a friend.

"He was a great person to work with. He was a hard worker," McNeely said.

They are hopeful that police will make an arrest and bring justice for their brother and coworker.

Police said they recovered some evidence from the scene, but they were not sure Sunday what type of vehicle may have been involved. 

If you have information about the crash, call 803-684-4141, or Crimestoppers at 1-877-409-4321.