Photos | ‘Chilly Willy’ killed in Elizabeth

Photos | ‘Chilly Willy’ killed in Elizabeth

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on October 19, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 3:00 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Police confirmed the man struck and killed Thursday night in front of Jackalope Jack’s bar on East Seventh Street was William Larry Major, better known as "Chilly Willy."

Police say the driver, Lillian Young, stopped and called 911 after Major was hit. She has not been charged with a crime but the investigation is ongoing.

There was a dent in the hood of her four-door sedan and the passenger side of her windshield was shattered.

(Click here to see photos from the crash scene)

After hearing that the victim was “Chilly Willy,” an often-seen homeless man around town, several bystanders stopped to ask police how he was doing. Police later said that Major had died.

On October 29, 2011 Autumn Lynn Soyka, 31, was struck and killed by an alleged drunk driver in front of Jackalope Jack’s, one of several bars and restaurants in the area.  Stephen John Watts, 60, was charged in the crash.

In August 2010, another driver was charged with DWI after hitting and injuring three pedestrians on the same street, also near Jackalope Jack’s.

The Charlotte Observer contributed to this report.

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