HOPE MILLS, N.C. (WNCN) — A St. Pauls man had his first court appearance Monday after a hit and run crash that killed a retired Fayetteville police officer late last week.
Annette Marietti said her husband “died doing what he loved to do.”
It’s still a major shock as Marietti copes with her husband’s death.
Just before 11 p.m. Thursday, 55-year-old Thomas Glascock was riding his motorcycle along Marracco Drive near Hope Mills.
Authorities say Fernando Gomez Nunez struck and killed Glascock. Nunez fled the scene, leaving his vehicle behind, officials say.
He then turned himself in to police Saturday.
Marietti said, “I had my bike and he had his bike, too.”
Marietti said she wants to remember her husband through his awesome works.
Glascock retired from the Fayetteville Police Department in 2003 as a patrol sergeant.
Assistant Chief Mike Petti said, “Tom was larger than life, extremely well liked and a mentor to all…”
Back home the father of three is remembered as a family man, great singer and jokester.
He especially enjoyed a close bond with his stepdaughter, Danny. The two would often dress up in costumes.
“They’d stand outside the mall and they’d make funny faces and I’d just keep driving”, Marietti said.
Glascock and his wife were married for seven years, both police officers and avid motorcyclists.
Monday in court, a judge told Nunez he could serve up to ten years in prison if convicted.
Marietti says she’s taking it day by day and has no ill feelings toward Nunez.
Marietti said, “No there’s no anger, just sadness that he’s gone, there’s definitely a part missing.”
Nunez’s charges include felony hit and run and involuntary manslaughter. His bond is set at $500,000.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. at Reeves Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. prior to the service.