NC Wanted: Family of former Marine searching for hit-and-run suspect
Posted March 19, 2016
Updated March 20, 2016
Vance County, N.C. — Veterans Day will never be the same for Melissa Elliott and her family.
Gordon Hargrove—a former Marine bound to a wheelchair—was hit and killed by a tractor trailer in Henderson on Oct. 21, 2015. The driver never stopped.
“Normally, today we would be celebrating him,” said Melissa Elliott, Hargrove’s sister. “All we have is what you saw in my mother’s lap—a flag.”
Authorities say Hargrove as hit on East Andrews Avenue in Henderson while on his way to the store.
“My initial thought, of course, was this was an accident,” Elliott said. “Now I’m thinking it’s a bit malicious because it’s 21 days later.”
Ironically, the incident was similar to a previous accident that put him in the wheel chair 37 years ago.
“He was walking down another street here and the transfer truck hit him and disabled him,” Elliott said.
Elliott said her brother was a simple man and a joy to be around.
“Some people need big things to make them happy,” she said. “My brother was the type of person you could give a Coca-Cola and he would be happy.”
Police have not made an arrest in the case.
Anyone with information about the hit-and-run death of Hargrove is asked to call the NC Wanted hotline at 1-866-439-2683.