A Highway Patrol accident reconstruction team will be in Monroe Tuesday, taking a closer look at a Lexus SUV involved in a deadly hit-and-run there.
Early Monday morning, a family member of the driver saw a picture of his Lexus SUV in the newspaper and called the Highway Patrol. His car had been wrecked, but he wasn't sure how.
"I think it was honorable what he did, calling us, knowing it could involve a family member of his," said Trooper Mark Leach of the North Carolina Highway Patrol. "We don't see that very much anymore."
Josh Crowley, 22, was struck and killed while walking on Potter Road in Wesley Chapel late Saturday night. Friends said he was at a party about two miles away, where he got into an argument, became angry and left the party. The friend he argued with, Josh Carter, said he tried to get him to change his mind, but he only wanted to walk home.
"I tried everything I could do to get him not to be mad. I tried to get him to come back, but he wouldn't. He just wouldn't," Carter said.
"He's all we had left, and we're just torn apart," said Crowley's grandmother, Doris Hartis. Hartis and her husband raised Crowley from the time he was 5 years old. She's angry that someone could just hit a person and not stop, or even report the accident.
"I pray that whoever did this, that justice comes to them," she said.
Witnesses right behind the driver saw the silver SUV hit something they thought was a deer, then kept going. The same witnesses reported seeing the driver stop in the nearby entrance to the Heather Glenn community and get out and inspect the SUV for damage.
Troopers will not say if Crowley was walking in the road or on the shoulder, or give any indication of who was at fault.
That section of Potter Road is rural and without street lights, however, friends said Crowley had on clothes that would make him very visible to traffic.
"He had on a bright, bright orange shirt, and bright neon shoes, because he was all about bright colors," Carter said.
As of late Monday, investigators had not had the chance to interview the driver of the SUV. Troopers expect to talk to the driver on Tuesday.
Meantime, a colorful memorial is growing at the place where Crowley's body was discovered Easter morning, more than seven hours after the crash.
"He was the love of our life, mine and his grandpa's," Hartis said.