We're learning new information about what may have led up to a hit-and-run crash that killed a Cornelius man.
Saturday Eyewitness News told you police arrested a man from Winston Salem, charging him in connection with the crash. Sunday the suspect's father spoke to Eyewitness News over the phone and shared what may have led up to the crash.
Richard Kost said his son Jacob Kost had just left a nearby club in Cornelius and was on his way to his mother's house before the accident Saturday morning.
Around 2 a.m. police found Kevin Sweet's body lying in Bethel Church Road near Madison Manor Drive. Later, police found the vehicle that witnesses said hit Sweet in a nearby neighborhood.
Police arrestred the driver 23-year-old Jacob Kost of Winston Salem and charged him with murder, felony hit-and-run, DWI and driving while his license was revoked. His passenger, 21-year-old Jason Shaw, was charged with accessory to murder.
"It's tragic. They're young people and a bad decision was made that night. You can see typically this is a pretty safe area," said Jesse Spindler. He lives near the accident scene.
There were skid marks up and down Bethel Church Road and neighbors said people were racing up the road before the crash, but police wouldn't confirm that.
On the phone, Jacob Kost's father said his son left a nearby club and another car was pursuing him. He said his son stopped the car, the other group wanted to fight, but he tried to pull away and Sweet jumped in front of the car.
Cornelius Police said it's too early to comment on that.
Meanwhile, family and friends of Sweet gathered at the crash scene all weekend long. They brought flowers and spray painted a heart where Sweet's body was found in the roadway. One man told us Sweet was a good kid and respectful. He said Sweet was friends with his son.
"(I) just wanted to come by and pay my respects," said Roger Morris.
We checked with the Department of Corrections and found that Jacob Kost, of the same age, from Forsyth County, was just released from jail in October for possessing stolen goods. He was also convicted in 2011 for driving while intoxicated. Cornelius Police couldn't confirm, but said it is likely the same person charged with the hit-and-run.