• Family of pedestrian killed in hit-and-run wants answers

    By: Ken Lemon


    GASTONIA, N.C. - A Gastonia family is pleading for anyone to come forward and help find the people who killed their loved one in a hit-and-run.
    John King died from his injuries Friday night after he was hit on East Long Avenue on April 18.
    Eyewitness News reporter Ken Lemon spoke to King's sister, who said someone must have more information.
    "Just please let us know," said Lynn Hyde.
    She said it is painful not knowing why two drivers hit her brother and kept driving.

    "We just want closure,” Hyde said. “We want to know why you didn't stop."
    Police said King was crossing the street near the Gastonia Police Department when an SUV hit him then a car behind the SUV behind the SUV ran over him.
    Investigators said the drivers had to know they hit someone.
    "They need to come forward," Hyde said.
    She said there were a dozen people at that store when the hit-and-run happened outside and the intersection is one of the busiest in the city but only two witnesses have come forward.
    Police said they are looking into some tips, but they need more information.

    Diana Gardin drove by the hit-and-run and heard about King's death Friday.
    Now she wants to see someone charged.           

    "Whoever did that should be ashamed of themselves," she said.
    King's family and friends are asking for the drivers to turn themselves in.

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