Vehicle hits, kills scooter driver and keeps going

David Cruz's scooter

July 9, 2011 12:42:29 PM PDT
Authorities are looking for a driver who is accused of hitting a scooter and leaving the scene.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol says 32-year-old David Cruz was stuck and dragged 150 feet around 9:30 p.m. Thursday evening in Fayetteville.

Cruz's family says he was on his way to his father's house when it happened.

According to the HP, a car ran into the back of the scooter. The rear tire and the scooter's motor were demolished by the impact.

An eyewitness say after the car dragged Cruz and his scooter, the motorist briefly cut on his/her emergency blinkers and drove away. The Highway Patrol and Cruz's family want the motorist turned in. They say someone knows something.

"They knew, whoever was driving that vehicle knew they hit somebody," Trooper Greg Steffens said.

Steffens says a witness saw a silver or white passenger vehicle hit the scooter.

"David, he died a painful death," said April Carlton, Cruz's fiancée. "I can't imagine what kind of pain he was going through, but the person who took my fiancée away; they should turn themselves in and seek justice."

Carlton says Cruz was headed to his father's home to help his dad with insulin shots.

Troopers don't have a make, model or year of the vehicle but say it will have extensive damage to its front end; they are putting body shops in the area on notice.

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