Man with Cerebral Palsy killed by hit and run driver

Man with Cerebral Palsy killed by hit and run driver

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by RICHARD DEVAYNE / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on February 16, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 17 at 8:00 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – On Saturday night, Carrington "Jake" Ware, 50, was struck and killed by a driver who did not stop to help or even call police.

Dozens of cars line Vantage Street outside a home in the Firestone Garden Park community. Friends, family and friends get out of their vehicles and embrace one another with hugs and smiles.

Some wipe tears from red eyes as they slowly move toward the house. Some carry plates wrapped in foil or pots of homemade dishes.

Normally, the house is full on Sunday's but this day the people arrive because of the one family member who is not there.

The hit and run driver drove away leaving Ware in the middle of Allegheny Street near Pebblestone Street.

Before the fatal accident, Ware was visiting his girlfriend Elaine Elston.

"I was looking forward to living the rest of my life with him,” she said. "He wouldn't let anything hold him back from anything he wanted to do,” she continued.

Ware, had Cerebral Palsy but everyone who knew -- the always smiling, East Mecklenburg High School graduate – knew he didn't let his disability affect his life.

He lived on his own, was a Bobcats season ticket holder, and loved going to Panthers games. He had planned to attend as many games of the Charlotte Knights as he could for their first season back in Charlotte.

"In the whole 50 years of his life you never heard Jake use his disability as an excuse not to do anything," said his big sister Dietrich Trimble.

"He was just a loving person everybody loved him because he had a smile. He never complained that he couldn’t do things like others because his hands didn't work like others," Trimble said.

Trimble said her brother was an inspiration for a lot of people who knew him.

She hopes the person who killed her brother will step forward so they can begin the healing process, not only for Ware's family and friends but for the person responsible also.

"(The person responsible) needs to heal themselves. We don't hate. We have faith and it may have been something that you, an accident. We don't know, but just turn yourself in let somebody know." Trimble pleaded.

Police ask anyone with information about the crime to give them a call at 704-334-1600.
 
On Monday, detectives asked for the public’s help, saying there’s minimal evidence left at the scene.

“This is first case I've actually worked where we had nothing. No paint transfer. No plastic parts. headlight lenses, or glass from the front windshield,” said Det. Steve Williams, of CMPD’s major crash unit.
 

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