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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A hit-and-run driver knocked down an iconic Myers Park statue Thursday night, police say.

A gold statue depicting Hugh McManaway, standing atop a block of granite at Providence and Queens roads, was knocked down by the motorist about 10 p.m. The motorist did not stop at the scene, according to police.

The statue was erected by Myers Park residents several years after McManaway died in 1989.

McManaway came from a wealthy family that lived on Queens Road, a few blocks from the statue. He often walked along Queens and Providence roads and sometimes directed traffic at the busy intersection.

The statue shows McManaway wearing the raincoat and hat that was a big part of his wardrobe. Longtime residents say he often stopped and talked to passersby on his way to eat at the nearby Town House Restaurant.

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