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Family of Cumberland hit-and-run victim seeks help in search for driver

Posted September 17, 2014

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— As a 60-year-old Cumberland County man continues to recover in a hospital, his family asked Wednesday for the public's help to find the driver who sped off after hitting him two weeks ago.

Woodford Gasque was riding a moped on Butler Nursery Road, off N.C. Highway 87 south of Fayetteville, on Sept. 1 when a car cut him off near the intersection of Gainey Road and hit him, authorities said.

A witness told the State Highway Patrol that a woman driving a burgundy or red Dodge Neon hit Gasque and speed off.

"She just kept going. She hit him and kept going," said Helen Hunt, Gasque's sister.

Hunt was supposed to meet her brother Labor Day morning for breakfast. Ever since that day, she's been spending time with him at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, watching him slowly recover from his injuries.

"They had to amputate one of his legs," she said. "The doctors are like 90 percent sure he's going to be paralyzed. They're waiting to do a big surgery on his back because he broke his back."

Gasque's moped is being kept as evidence at Auto Tune Towing, where John Savage said he can't forget getting called on Labor Day morning to pick up the wrecked scooter.

"The gentleman had his vest on. He was wearing a helmet. He was in compliance with the state about riding this scooter. The person that hit him just hit him and kept going," Savage said.

"They think he was hit and thrown up and then came back down on the car," Hunt said.

If that's the case, authorities said, the car should have substantial damage.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Highway Patrol.


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