by: Dave Faherty Updated:CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. —
There could be a major break in the case of a deadly hit-and-run crash near Hickory.
Authorities believe they may have found a minivan that hit and killed John Morrison Monday morning.
Investigators aren't saying what led them to the minivan that has been impounded at trooper headquarters, but Channel 9 saw them searching the vehicle for more than an hour Tuesday afternoon.
An accident reconstruction team climbed under the minivan looking for any possible blood evidence or clothing from Morrison.
A driver struck and killed the 35-year-old on Highway 321 south of Interstate 40.
On Tuesday, Channel 9 learned from his parents that Morrison suffered from seizures.
He couldn't drive so he was walking to see his girlfriend on her birthday when he was hit.
He had made her a birthday cake that is still at the family's home.
"It is really hard, you know. He was a kind person. Everybody liked him. He was considerate of everybody," said his father, Robert Morrison.
Investigators aren't saying yet where they found the Honda minivan or who it belongs to.
They will only describe it as the vehicle that possibly struck Morrison.
Channel 9 could clearly see where there appeared to be damage to the hood of the van, but it's unclear if it came from Monday's wreck.
Morrison's father hopes the driver involved in the crash does the right thing and comes forward.
He had this message for the driver.
"I’d say come forward. We need to know," Morrison said.
The Highway Patrol plans on collecting DNA evidence during the autopsy and comparing it to any evidence they find with the van.
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