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Trooper seeks help solving 2007 fatal hit-and-run case

Posted January 5, 2010

— A Highway Patrol trooper is asking the public to help him solve a 2007 hit-and-run that left a 67-year-old construction worker dead.

Richard "R.C." Williamson was directing traffic for a road crew working on N.C. Highway 96 near Bruce Garner Road in Granville County on June 13, 2007, when a car hit him and left the scene, authorities said.

He died the next day at Duke University Hospital.

His family offered $1,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the hit-and-run driver, but the driver has not been found, said Trooper Mitchell Gordy.

The only description of the vehicle is that it's a two-door white, tan or cream-colored newer-model passenger sedan, authorities said.

Gordy said the case has gone cold, and he desperately wants to get justice for the victim's family.

Crime Stoppers is still offering up to a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Highway Patrol's Durham office at 919-560-6868.


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  • cucamelsmd15 Jan 5, 2010

    "two-door white, tan or cream-colored newer-model passenger sedan"

    So, is it a coupe or a sedan? Because, you know, that description only fits about 20% of cars on the road...

    I do, however, applaud the Highway Patrol for staying after a cold case like this. I surely wouldnt want to be out there directing traffic with some of the carelessness and recklessness Ive seen on NC roadways.

  • ReallyBigYawn Jan 5, 2010

    There is a good chance the person that did this will read this article. If you did it, please do the right thing and turn yourself in. Your repentance here on earth will be much easier than if you take this to your grave! You owe it to his family and friends!

  • Rockermom Jan 5, 2010

    I knew this gentleman, and he was a great humorous, easy-to-be-around kind of person. I thought I had heard that a lady struck him and didn't realize she had hit him. I guess that's just a rumor.

  • holmesap Jan 5, 2010

    My question is how can another human being hit someone and keep on going ? How does that coward sleep at night? Thank you Officer Gordy for not letting this case go cold. Since it has been this long when you catch the coward give them the fullest penalty possible.

  • Havyn08 Jan 5, 2010

    Good luck Trooper Gordy - I'll keep my eyes and ears open. Can't wait to see WRAL post the story when you find the person who did this!

  • just my2cents Jan 5, 2010

    I hope that whoever did this doesn't have peace until they come forward. Nice work Officer, to continue to help this family. Hopefully we can read soon that the hard work has paid off.

  • Brogden Jan 5, 2010

    I hope this leads to some resolution. The family should at least have that amount of closure.

  • QTC Jan 5, 2010

    A salute to Officer Gordy for continuing to work on this several-year-old case. I pray that his efforts will be successful!