‘We want justice,’ dad says after 2 teens killed in hit-and-run crash in Harnett Co.


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BROADWAY, N.C. (WNCN) — Nearly four days later, there’s still no knowledge of who’s responsible for a hit and run crash that killed two teenagers in Harnett County.

“I said to him, you boys please be careful and come straight home,” says Jerome Matthews as his stepson Kyle Strait was walking out the door.

The crash happened Saturday, around 11:15 pm. as Kyle, age 16, was walking with four other friends southbound on US highway 421.

They’d just left a Kangaroo gas station when the NC Highway Patrol say three of the teens were struck by an unknown vehicle from behind.

Heidi Haydon, Kyle’s mom, said “He was just an outgoing child and he deserves better than this.”

Straight was killed along with Jennafer Schark, 13, while Steven Daniels, 14, suffered a broken elbow and concussion.

Steven’s dad didn’t want to talk on camera but says his son doesn’t remember much. A Highway Patrol Spokesperson said surveillance video of the accident from nearby businesses is a bit grainy.

They’re looking for a white SUV or pickup truck, possibly an older model. Also, more than likely, there’s visible damage on the front of the vehicle.

Lt. Jeff Gordon of NC Highway Patrol said “it could be the bumper area, it could be the headlight right here, it could also be the turn signal.”

Kyle’s parents say the well-liked teen planned to join the US Army after high school. Unfortunately now, they’re pleading for the public’s help in finding the driver responsible.

Haydon said “if this were your child, what would you want done, put yourselves in my shoes right now, no parent should have to bury a child.”

Matthews said “I’m like everybody else, we just want justice.”

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