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Parents Mourn Son Killed In Hit-And-Run

Posted March 8, 2005

— The suspect in a hit-and-run fatality in Fayetteville Saturday morning turned himself in to police Monday morning.

The suspect met with officers around 10 a.m. Monday after an extensive investigation by the Fayetteville Police Department Traffic Unit identified him as the suspect.

The vehicle involved in the incident, a silver Volkswagen Beetle, was recovered by officers and towed to the Fayetteville Police Department for processing.

Ashley Thompson, 18, was struck while walking along Ireland Drive in front of Douglas Byrd High School at about 2 a.m. Saturday morning.

Thompson sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. He was pronounced dead early Sunday morning.

Thompson's family is trying to cope with their loss.

"I guess it's going to hit later. Right now, holding his hand to the last minute, watching the monitors count down after the doctors tell us there's nothing else you can do," said Christopher Thompson, Ashley's father.

"There are no words to describe it. It's absolutely devastating to lose your only child," said Emily Thompson, Ashley's mother.

Police are not releasing the suspect's name or any information about their conversation with him. They have not decided whether to charge him.

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