Littleton, N.C. — 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.
"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.