Parents of teen killed by state trooper's vehicle want answers
Posted October 29, 2014
Stedman, N.C. — The parents of a 17-year-old boy who was hit and killed by a N.C. State Highway Patrol trooper’s vehicle on Monday believe there’s more to their son’s death than what they’ve been told.
Chris McCray, of Stedman, was killed after darting onto the All-American Freeway and into the path of a vehicle driven by Trooper B.J. Holder.
McCray died at the scene. Holder, who was driving to a hospital for an earlier wreck investigation, was not injured.
Chris McCray’s mother, Mekre, said her son, his girlfriend and two others were crossing the highway, a regular shortcut from a nearby neighborhood to a shopping center.
Antonio Moore, Chris McCray’s father, said there was a fight just before his son went onto the roadway.
"It was a physical fight, from what we are understanding, and it appears my son was fleeing from someone," he said.
Witness accounts of where Chris McCray’s body landed, in addition to the path of the trooper’s vehicle, do not match with what Moore said he’s been told and where the teenager’s belongings were found.
Investigators said early evidence shows the trooper did not cause the collision. Fayetteville police are investigating what happened before the incident.
Authorities said they will not elaborate on new information that led to a closer examination of Chris McCray’s actions before the crash.
His parents just want answers.
"I am not saying they are trying to hide nothing,” Moore said. “I am not saying that’s what's going on. I am not trying to put them at blame. But I do want to know what happened."