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Franklin County hit-and-run remains a mystery

Posted January 16, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

— Authorities say they have little information to go on in a hit-and-run that critically injured a Franklin County man nearly a month ago.

Willie Williams, 43, was driving a moped along the southbound lane of U.S. Highway 1 in Franklin County a little before 7 a.m. on Dec. 18 when he was struck and left on the side of the road, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

Willie Williams Victim of hit-and-run wants to go home

He has since been recovering at WakeMed in Raleigh with a broken leg, broken jaw and broken back.

"I don't remember anything about that day," Williams said. "I don't even remember waking up that day."

The only information investigators have in the case is based on marks on the moped, which indicate the vehicle was white.

Family members also say they believe the driver stopped after Williams was hit and then drove away.

The Highway Patrol said a motorist reported seeing a woman getting in a car and driving away from the scene but say they cannot confirm that was the person who hit him.

In an effort to generate more leads, Williams' family is offering a $2,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction for the person responsible for the hit-and-run.

Williams, who is being fed out of a tube, meanwhile, says he has one simple goal: to one day be able to go home and play with his children – whose photos he keeps by his bed – again. It's unclear how long he will have to remain at WakeMed.

"I just want to go home," he said. "I just want to be with my kids, that's all."


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  • wb4iuy Jan 19, 2009

    This is so sad, but so common. Being in the motorcycle business (Scootworks in Zebulon), I've heard this type of story over and over, and was even a recipient of it. People will hit someone on a bike/motorcycle, and then flee, as they know they can most likely get away without getting in trouble. They will literally leave someone for dead to keep themselves from getting into trouble.

    I had a serious accident in '78, and was left in the hiway by a person that was more concerned of their own personal welfare than mine. I had both legs broken, one arm, a hand, collar bone, several ribs, and lots of skin removed. Thank goodness for a person who saw this from their yard and called for help.

    Good luck to you! Look forward, keep your chin up. It's not what you were riding, it's the poor character of the person who hit you. Their day is coming...


  • Iworkforaliving Jan 19, 2009

    I hope you get well soon, but if you value your life stay off the road with a moped dude.

  • bronzegoddess40 Jan 16, 2009

    Oops misspelled word. I should have written road, not rode.

  • bronzegoddess40 Jan 16, 2009

    Mr. Williams, I wish you a speedy recovery and I hope that they will catch the person who hit and left you for dead on the side of the rode. It is a shame that people can think so little of others to leave someone injured on the side of the road. Good luck to you.