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NC Wanted: Harnett County investigators continue to look for clues in fatal hit-and-run

Posted August 16, 2005
Updated August 27

— Harnett County investigators remain desperate for clues after they say a Colorado man was struck by a car and killed eleven while walking his dog.

According to the Harnett County Highway Patrol, Daniel McCarthy was walking his dog Maggie along the side of Bud Hawkins Road, near Dunn on Aug. 16, 2005 when he was fatally hit by a car.

The Highway Patrol said there were no witnesses to the crash and it has no description of the vehicle. A nearby resident found McCarthy and called 911.

"They were very upset, his wife, his wife was very upset when I told her," said Trooper Bo Johnson.

When authorities arrived at the scene, they found the dog's leash in the middle of the road, but saw no sign of the dog. She returned hours later about a mile from where the crash happened.

McCarthy, a contractor who had been working at a construction job at Campbell University for five months, was staying at the Royal Inn.

The victim's body was sent to the Chief Medical Examiner's Office in Chapel Hill.

Residents near Bud Hawkins Road were not surprised by what happened because they have seen similar incidents happen where people have been hit while walking along the road.

Anyone with information about McCarthy's death is asked to call the toll free hotline at 1-866-439-2693.

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