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Dead teen's mother: Driver needs to pay for hit-and-run

Posted January 18

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— The family of a Harnett County teen killed in a weekend hit-and-run begged Monday for help in apprehending the driver.

Jennafer Schark, 13, and Kyle Strait, 16, both of Broadway, were walking with two other teens along U.S. Highway 421 near Broadway when they were hit by a pickup at about 11 p.m. Saturday.

Steven Daniels, 14, of Sanford, was treated at Central Carolina Hospital and released. Schark's sister, Jessyca Schark, 17, wasn't hurt.

The group was heading home after walking to a convenience store about a half-mile from Strait's home, where they had spent the evening, to get some late-night snacks.

"The truck was close," Jessyca Schark said Monday. "I felt the wind off of it, and it was just really hard."

She said the white pickup came up behind the group and swerved into them before speeding off.

"They know what they did was wrong," she said. "Taking two lives and hurting people, it's just, how could you live with yourself?"

Sources told WRAL News that investigators have recovered part of a headlight that may belong to a late 1980s or early 1990s Chevrolet Suburban or Tahoe truck. Investigators also are looking at security video from the convenience store and nearby homes for clues and a better description of the truck.

"I know that we're going to miss her very much," said Janice Schark, Jennafer Schark's mother. "Our hopes are finding the person that did this.

"I just hope and pray that the gentleman or person that did this is caught and will pay for what he did because he not only took a life, he took two lives, and he shouldn't be out there," she said.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is asked to call 1-800-334-7411 or 910-893-5704.


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  • Brandi Gaenzle Jan 19, 2016
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    Well, don't you think it's pretty dangerous for kids to be walking the streets in the middle of the night... obviously not. I guess I care more about my child's safety

  • Mike Watson Jan 19, 2016
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    who cares what your teen would or would not do, there is nothing wrong with some teens walking around at 11pm.

  • Janet Ghumri Jan 19, 2016
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    Firstly, Anita, I'm so sorry for your loss. I have no idea how I would handle the sadness and pain you must be going through.
    Secondly, what is with the random hit and run deaths that we are seeing reported? ? No matter the reason that someone (whatever time it is or their age) is walking down the road, that doesn't excuse the fact that someone ran into/ over them!! How can they live with themselves after something like that? ?
    How do the police investigate this type of crime? Maybe it would help if insurance companies reported claims of "deer" / "wildlife" car/body damage to the police? It's a long shot, but I would think that the criminal who hit them would want to get their vehicle repaired quickly. That's assuming, of course, that they're insured and legal, etc.
    It just seems like there has to be a way to find them.
    My prayers for the families, and you also, Anita.

  • Brandi Gaenzle Jan 19, 2016
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    As much as a feel for this family. My only question is why was these teens walking the streets at 11:00 at night.... My teen wouldn't be.

  • Anita Lambert Hawley Jan 18, 2016
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    I know exactly what the parents of these children are going through. My son was killed in a hit and run 4 1/2 years ago. His killer has never been caught. I do not understand how people these days will not take responsibility for their actions. Man up when you do something wrong, don't run and hide or take the cowards way out. In my sons case I am positive the Sampson County Highway Patrol could have done a better job investigating. I hope Harnett county follows every lead to give these families some closure and peace. I'm still waiting for mine. My thoughts and prayers go out to these families.