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Littleton bicyclist was visiting relatives when killed in hit-and-run

Posted August 8, 2013
Updated August 9, 2013

— A Halifax County man who was killed Tuesday night in a hit-and-run was heading home on his bicycle and stopped to talk to his nephew when he was run over, relatives said Thursday.

Calvin Jefferson, 58, often rode his bike along Faulcon Road, near Littleton, to visit relatives, said Bobbie Burchette, one of three of Jefferson's sisters who live nearby.

"Everybody on this road knew him. Everybody on this road is family," Burchette said.

Jefferson's nephew, Brandon Lee, was driving on Faulcon Road at about 9 p.m. Tuesday and stopped to talk with his uncle, who he said had stopped his bike on the side of the road.

Before their conversation even started, Lee said, he saw a vehicle flash in the corner of his eye.

"I could see the color of the truck and the rims of the truck, you know, like the factory aluminum rims," Lee said. "That's all I could really see because the windows were so dark. I couldn't really see the driver."

The State Highway Patrol said a sky blue 2004 Ford F-150 hit Jefferson and kept driving south on Faulcon Road, toward Justice Branch Road. Littleton hit-and-run Nephew couldn't save uncle after hit-and-run

"I witnessed it. That's just made it even worse," said Lee, who called 911 but was unable to help his uncle.

Jefferson's family begged for the driver of the pickup to surrender to authorities.

"Just turn yourself in," Burchette said. "We are hurting. My heart is hurting right now because I'm never going to see my brother again."

Anyone with information is asked to call the State Highway Patrol's district office at 252-536-2224 during weekdays or the patrol's communications center at 800-662-7956 on nights or weekends.


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  • superman Aug 9, 2013

    "he said had stopped his bike on the side of the road" Was he on the pavement or the grass? Since he got hit it is more likely that they were on the pavement.

  • superman Aug 9, 2013

    The post was unclear. Were they on the pavement on the side of the road or were they on the grass on the side of the road? Makes a big difference. If it was dark (9:30 pm) and they were on the pavement--they were certainly likely to get hit by a car or truck.

  • rranmasou Aug 9, 2013

    Trekker, I do agree with you, but in NC you do get charged with vehicular manslaughter in a situation like this. In Raleigh, it unfortunately happens way to many times but when the driver is caught, they may or may not get a DWI but they do catch manslaughter of some sort.
    NCHighlander, yes physics always give way but something that drivers need to be aware of, you/we only have a privilege to the road which can be taken away at any time, cyclists have a right to the road! Any NC LEO will tell you the same. Very sad situation, best wishes and prayers to the family...

  • fishon Aug 9, 2013

    There's no excuse, for being so unaware of your surroundings, that a car can veer off the road and hit you. The pedestrians bear some responsibility here.

    You are kidding, right? The people standing off the road bear some responsibility? If your child was in your yard 20 feet off the road inside a fence and a drunk killed him would your kid have some responsibility for the accident? I know someone this happened to.

  • Trekker Aug 9, 2013

    Too many times they are undoubtedly leaving the scene due to intoxication only to later be charged for a much lesser charge. I know in some states for you to decline an alcohol test you are accepting a charge of DWI. The same needs to be done for leaving the scene of an accident. If legislators were to create a law such as this it would open the door for much more appropriate charges including leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury, DWI and vehicular manslaughter. It’s high time for these criminals to accept some accountability for their actions.

  • Xiaoding Aug 9, 2013

    There's no excuse, for being so unaware of your surroundings, that a car can veer off the road and hit you. The pedestrians bear some responsibility here.

    Start looking at the local booze stores for the truck.

  • bizarro Aug 9, 2013

    what's the relevance of where he was coming from or where he was going?

  • deansquishman Aug 9, 2013

    Thank you nchighlander for so thoughtfully pointing out the laws of physics and trying to make this into a cyclists rights issue when the guy wasn't even actually riding his bike--perhaps it would be more pleasing to you physics fans if Humvee drivers were getting crushed in their vehicles by those of us that choose to drive military tanks in an irresponsible manner

  • PJM Aug 9, 2013

    Indeed a coward of the worse kind...to leave the scene!
    Prayers to the family...

  • Classified Aug 9, 2013

    “Bicyclist can argue their rights on the road all they want. The laws of physics will always favor the heavier more solid object.” NCHighlander

    Ding Ding, We have a winner! I was wondering how long it would take before the 1st obtuse comment. Give the man a cigar!