• Mother desperate for answers after hit-and-run leaves son in coma for months

    By: Dave Faherty


    HICKORY, N.C. - A family is pleading for someone to come forward while their loved one remains in a coma, months after a hit-and-run in Hickory.

    Police are still asking the public to help them find the driver who collided with Joshua Holden on the night of Nov. 28. He was hit by a car on 12th Avenue NE, between Viewmont Baptist Church and the Cubbard Express Exxon convenience store across Highway 127.

    [READ MORE: Man in critical condition following Hickory hit-and-run]

    Police said after Holden was hit, he was found in some bushes by a couple who was walking their dog.

    Holden, 28, was rushed to Frye Regional Medical Center and then later to Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem, where he remains in critical condition.

    For Holden’s family, the last four months have been very difficult. His mother said Josh not only missed Christmas, but also his 29th birthday because of his severe brain injuries.

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    His mother is hoping someone saw something that night and will talk with police.

    "I'm a desperate mom,” said Dana Elliott. ”I need to know what happened to my baby. I need to know if this was done purposefully or was it a hit-and-run."

    Elliott told Channel 9 that she doesn’t want to see anyone go to jail in the case, but she does hope an explanation of what happened might help doctors find a way to help her son.

    "We feel so bad for him. Please just tell me what happened," Elliot said.

    Detective John Patterson has been working on the case and is trying to account for the eight minute window between when Holden left his apartment and walked to the intersection.

    "Any kind of vehicle description. Any person who may have seen him walking on the route, maybe follow the route. We don't know exactly what route he took to this area," Patterson said.

    No one has come forward to help police in the case. There is also no surveillance of the hit-and-run. But police believe because of the heavy traffic in the area someone possibly saw something. Holden's family hopes that person or the driver will come forward.

    "We really just want someone to come forward, whoever knows what happened," said Holden's sister Brittany Duncan. "Someone just come forward. We need to know what happened."

    If anyone has information about this crime, please call investigator J. Patterson at 828-261-2626.

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