Family and friends of Monroe-hit and-run victim want answers

Family and friends of Monroe-hit and-run victim want answers

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by AMY COWMAN / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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Posted on April 18, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 18 at 6:41 PM

MONROE, N.C. -- Family and friends in Monroe say they want justice for their loved one, 22-year-old Josh Crowley, who died while walking along Potter Road in Union County on April 7.

Though Highway Patrol knows who hit him, no charges have been filed.

“We just want answers.  We want everyone to be aware that we're hurting,” said friend Kaitlyn Pearce.
 
Friends of Crowley say they're trying to mourn his death but can't move on without knowing when someone will be held responsible for the death.
 
"Everybody is still in shock.  I think they're still trying to come to terms with what's gone on and everybody is looking for answers," added friend Pam Weidner.
 
The day after the accident, the owner of a Lexus RX- 50 SUV came forward, called police and reported a female family member was driving his car that night.

Last week that woman, who is not being identified by Highway Patrol, was expected to be interviewed, but Highway Patrol said since she got an attorney they haven't been able to question her.
 
Though they still don't know what led up to the incident that caused their friend’s death they do know the memorial they’ve created where he died is where they can still come to remember him.
 
"That's the hardest part is coming by here and leaving a note or a rose or whatever and just not knowing what happened and what's going to happen," said Weidner.
 
NewsChannel 36 spoke with Crowley's grandmother over the phone and she said authorities have told her the investigation is in-depth and still ongoing but could take months, which isn't comforting to her.
 
"It seems like this is going on for forever and it's not fair to the grandparents," said Pearce.
 
Nor they say to Josh, who was left to die on the side of Potter Road while the driver kept going.
 
"We want to know why.  There was a young man that was killed that was very dear to a lot of people (and) nothing's been done about it,” added Pearce.

Family and friends are holding a rally on Saturday for the Crowley's Final Walk foundation. It's at the Belk Tonawanda Park in Monroe from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  T-shirts will be sold, along with other items, with all proceeds going to the family.

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