A York County man was hit and killed Thursday night while walking along a road.
Jeremy Dickerson, 22, was walking along Strait Road when he was struck by a car and killed, deputies said.
Dickerson did whatever job his neighbor's needed him to do. They would see him walking up the road and suspect he had found some work to do for somebody.
"Jeremy was always smiling. He was like a ray of sunshine," said Thia Pryor, who often saw him doing odd jobs. "This is just a tragedy. That's all I can say."
Around 9 p.m. Thursday, a passerby called 911 after coming across Dickerson's body in the road. He was struck and killed by a car on Strait Road near Auten Road south of Rock Hill.
Dickerson's grandfather, James Dickerson, raised him from the time he was little.
"I'm just trusting in the Lord to try to hold myself up, and trying to deal with it," he said.
Family members saw Dickerson leave the house Thursday night and start walking up the road.
He didn't drive. They said he chose to ride a bike or walk wherever he went.
"I had just seen him, just seen him. He threw up his hands at me and waved as I went by,” said his uncle, James William Dickerson. “I'd been home about 45 minutes, and my father called and told me he'd been hit."
State troopers stopped a 25-year-old woman from Catawba who they said was driving the car that hit him. She has not been charged with a crime and it does not appear that she fled the scene after the crash.
Troopers are reconstructing the accident and they said their investigation could take several weeks.
The York County Coroner is awaiting toxicology tests on Dickerson that could also take two weeks.
However, family members said they saw Dickerson walking with traffic on Strait Road, instead of facing traffic.
Since it's not clear how the accident happened, family members can only wait for answers.
"They came up on him and hit him. I don't know. Was it accidental?" his uncle asked.
His grandfather is struggling to cope with the loss of one of five grandchildren.
"As a grandson, he's like a son to me because we raised him," he said.