• Man injured in hit-and-run can't work, gets evicted from home

    By: Glenn Counts


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A man who was hit by a car and suffered serious injuries last month could no longer earn a living and on Wednesday, he was evicted from his home because he could not pay his rent. 

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    Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are still searching for the driver after the hit-and-run that happened on Oct. 6 on Beatties Ford Road.

    Michael Thompson said he and his girlfriend were crossing the road when he believes the driver sped up and struck him on purpose with the passenger-side view mirror.

    "It's clear that it was malicious, because this happened Oct. 6 and this person has not turned himself in," Thompson said.

    Thompson was a landscaper who worked as a temp and didn't have any disability insurance.

    "I've gone through a lot with this injury," he said.

    Many people who need emergency help are victims of a crime, officials said.

    "Oftentimes, I will see something on the news like a shooting," said Carol Hardison, CEO of Crisis Assistance Ministry. "I remember one time and then a month later I'll see that family."

    She said some end up living out of their car after a crisis. Sometimes they have to move and live with relatives.

    "We need stuff for people, like myself, because this was just a random act of violence," Thompson said.

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