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'We were in our beds and our son was dying': Chatham family wants justice in fatal hit-and-run

Posted September 16

— The North Carolina Highway Patrol on Saturday night was still looking for the driver in a fatal hit-and-run.

The crash happened Tuesday morning on U.S. Highway 421 near Siler City. Troopers said a box truck hit and killed 18-year-old Thaj Singleton while he was on a moped.

Singleton’s parents said it’s difficult to think that around the time they were asleep, their son had been hit and was lying on the side of the road. They didn’t know anything was wrong until several hours after the crash, and now they want justice.

“I’m just wondering how someone could actually pass by a scooter tore all to pieces and no one wonder where the driver was,” said Singleton’s mother, Tabatha Singleton.

Tabatha Singleton said her son could have lay on the side of the road all day if not for the intuition of his family.

“We knew he was getting off of work, and we knew it would be late, and he didn’t show up at his grandmother’s house, and when he didn’t show up, that raised alarm,” Tabatha Singleton said.

Thaj Singleton

Family members retraced Thaj Singleton’s route home from his job at the Pilgrims Pride Chicken Plant and found his moped on the side of the road.

“Just totally demolished, but Thaj was nowhere in sight,” Tabatha Singleton said.

Family members found the moped at about 8 a.m. Tuesday, but Highway Patrol troopers said he had likely been hit at about 3:30 a.m.

“We were struggling with the fact that we were in our beds and our son was just out somewhere dying, suffering,” Thaj Singleton's father, Curtis Singleton, said.

Authorities said Thaj Singleton had been hit from behind and the driver never stopped.

Investigators believe the suspect vehicle is an early 2000s model International Box Truck.

Chatham hit-and-run

“I have no peace because they could’ve at least acknowledged him. He was a human being. He was my son who I loved. He was not a dog. He was not a cat or a possum or any kind of thing that lived out that runs across the street or anything that you can just leave on the side of the road. He was my son,” Tabatha Singleton said.

Anyone with information about the truck or its driver is asked to call the Highway Patrol's Raleigh Communications Center at 1-800-662-7956 or the patrol's Chatham County District Office at 919-742-2124.


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  • Pamela Knight Sep 17, 12:17 p.m.
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    I am pretty sure whoever did this is keeping up with this story. Please turn yourself in if you have a heart and give this family closure. I can not imagine their pain. I know you may be confused and scared but please understand that if the police have to tie up a lot of time and money in locating you it will be worse. Will turning yourself in get you off the hook ? I am sure it will not but they will probably agree on a lesser sentence if it was an accident and you are running because you are scared. How would you feel if someone ran down your loved one and left them like garbage along side of a dark road. It is not right ! Please do what you know in your heart is right and i am sure you have one. please come forward.

  • Nancy LaBarge Sep 17, 7:37 a.m.
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    My heart breaks for this family! I hope they find the person who did this and do so quickly.

  • Holly Michael Sep 17, 5:32 a.m.
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    This is a shame. Whoever did this needs to turn themselves in. It's just not right.