Family seeks answers after Hoke County man in wheelchair killed in hit-and-run

RAEFORD, N.C. (WNCN) — Investigators say they’re struggling to track down the driver who hit and killed a man in a wheelchair.

The deadly crash happened in Hoke County just south of Raeford on Thursday.

Anthony Walker’s family told CBS North Carolina on Monday night that they’re pleading for anyone who knows what happened to come forward.

Flowers and a ramp remain outside Walker’s home in hoke county.

His family is also there grieving and wanting answers.

His cousin, Veronica Ellison, says his death has been felt throughout the community.

“A life left our family too early, and it impacted the whole world. Everybody Anthony met, it has impacted,” Ellison said.

Anthony was born with cerebral palsy, but she says he never let it stop him from experiencing new things or pursuing his interests.

“Anthony loved clothes, loved looking good. New money, that’s what I used to call him, new money,” Ellison said.

Thursday evening, his caretaker, Malcolm McMillan, dropped him off at the hoke county recreation complex to watch a game.

“He loved sports: baseball, softball, football or whatever. He’d been to numerous concerts and everything,” McMillan said.

It’s not clear why, but Walker left the area in his wheelchair, heading north on Route 211  toward Raeford.

The N.C. State Highway Patrol says around 7:30 p.m., a driver hit Walker near the intersection with Downer Road.

“I see the bottom of the wheelchair. It’s demolished. The tires are broken. The motor is broken,” McMillan said.

The driver took off, and Walker died several hours later.

“It’s disbelief. It’s like your dreaming. I go out at night and I say, ‘Oh, I got to go get him from the park’ or something,” McMillan said.

Investigators say they have “zero leads.”    No witnesses who saw the crash itself have come forward.

“My husband says everybody has his appointed time. Maybe it was Anthony’s appointed time.  But, I don’t believe in my heart his appointed time was meant to be this way,” Ellison said.

Investigators got a tip about a damaged car and checked it out Sunday, but they found it wasn’t connected to the crash involving Walker.

Walker’s family is holding his funeral Tuesday afternoon.

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