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Parents revisit site of son's hit and run in search of answers

Posted August 3, 2015

— On the two-year anniversary of Dwight Smith's hit-and-run death, his family and Raleigh police officers gathered Monday night on Pettigrew Street again to ask for help from the community to solve the crime.

A group of mourners offered up prayers and asked for the practical – tips to help catch the driver that ran down Smith at the age of 26. They passed out fliers as people passed by, hoping to job someone's memory.

"We got a call saying that he was hit by a car, and, you know, he was dead," Smith's father, Dwight Smith Sr., said.

"We don't know who did it and that's what hurts the most," he said. "We just want someone to come forward and confess they did this."

Smith's parents say they will never stop trying to get answers about their son's death. They vowed to return to the same spot each year until the person responsible is found.

Anyone with information about this hit and run is asked to contact Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357. Tips are anonymous, and Crime Stoppers pays rewards for tips that help solve cases like Smith's.


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  • Jason Starcommand Aug 4, 2015
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    Any info on color/type of vehicle?

  • Susan Olvera Aug 4, 2015
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    Anita, I'm so sorry to hear about the horrific loss of your son. I'd urge you to contact local media outlets again and see if your story can be aired. Please don't turn this family's loss into a race issue. Don't be that person. Both of you have suffered horrendous loss and I truly hope you receive the media coverage you deserve.

  • Anita Lambert Hawley Aug 3, 2015
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    Good luck! My son was killed 8/26/11 in a hit and run in Sampson County. No one has been arrested or come forward in his case either. Consider yourself lucky WRAL is running your sons story. My sons death never made their news. He was a very popular local musician and father of 2 young children. Guess he was the wrong color. Who knows...