Foul play suspected after body found on side of Fayetteville road
Police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found on the side of a Fayetteville road Friday morning as the victim of a possible hit-and-run, investigators said.
Police Sgt. Shawn Strepay said in a written statement that police were called to a home in the 300 block of Andy Street about 8 a.m. by a passerby who saw a man lying in the street. When officers arrived, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Deborah Galloway said she had seen the man in the Bonnie Doone neighborhood only once before discovering his body Friday morning.
“We was walking to the store and we saw him laying on the side, so we called the police and let them know that he was there,” she said. “I’ve seen him once, walking past there as I was driving up and stuff. I was at the stop sign as he was going across the street.”
The unidentified body has been sent to the medical examiner to determine the exact cause of death, but investigators said it appears he may have been killed after being struck by a vehicle.
Galloway said she got a good look at the man before the body was removed from the scene.
“He was a black guy, brown skin with dreads,” she said. “An older guy, looked like he may have been in his 40s or early 50s, something like that.”
Strepay told WRAL News at the scene that some tire skid marks were found in some nearby grass that could indicate the man was struck by a vehicle.
“Some other things (were found) leading officers to believe this may be a hit-and-run,” he said.
Somia King lives across the street from where the body was found.
“I was awake around five, six in the morning and I just heard a loud crash and I could not go back to sleep after that,” King said. “We thought he got shot at first, but that wasn’t the case. He did get hit by the car.”
Investigators placed a red marker on the street to indicate where the impact may have happened because the body was found several feet away from that marker.
Galloway said the hit-and-run, combined with recent gunfire in the neighborhood, have her on edge.
“I’m nervous about it because I just moved here in this area and I’m ready to move. Sometimes I hear gunshots down here and that’s kind of scary,” she said.
Anyone with information regarding the traffic crash was asked to contact Fayetteville police at 910-433-1807.