Investigation continues in hit-and-run that killed NC man in Moore County

Matthew Tyler “Matt” Phillips in a Facebook photo

HIGHFALLS, N.C. (WNCN) — Authorities are continuing to investigate a deadly hit and run in Moore County that happened late Friday night.

A 24-year-old man from Archdale died in the incident just before midnight on Putnam Church Road off NC Highway 22, officials say.

Matthew Tyler “Matt” Phillips was pronounced dead at the scene, which was near the end of the driveway at 482 Putnam Church Road, the NC State Highway Patrol said.

Phillips, who was originally from High Point, was a 2010 graduate of Trinity High School and he worked for Archdale Millworks, according to his obituary.

“Matt enjoyed deer hunting and fishing, but his true love and passion was spending time with his family,” his obituary said.

Phillips had been visiting a house on Putnam Church Road that night and when people at the house noticed he was not there they began looking for him, officials said.

State troopers said Sunday that they believe it is possible the incident was an accident and the driver of the vehicle that hit Phillips did not realize they hit a person.

Troopers said that from the way Phillips’ was found, they believe the victim was actually lying in the road when he was hit.

State troopers are asking anyone who thinks they hit an animal on the road Friday night to contact them. The troopers say that they understand “mistakes happen” and the family is looking for closure. The vehicle that hit Philips was traveling west on Putnam Church Road heading towards Highway 22, officials said.

Meanwhile, a service to celebrate Phillips’ life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday from the graveside in Mt. Gilead United Methodist Church Cemetery, according to his obituary.

His family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale.

Memorials in Phillips’ memory may be directed to: The Building Fund at Hope Baptist Church, 4872 Old Edgar Road, Sophia, NC 27350.

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