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NC Wanted: Police search for clues in deadly hit-and-run

Posted July 27, 2005 4:52 a.m. EDT
Updated December 17, 2016 11:02 p.m. EST

— Rocky Mount authorities are asking for the public's assistance in solving a deadly hit-and-run accident.

Investigators say 55-year-old Leroy Lynch was riding his bike along Peele Road in July of 2005 when he was struck by a car. Police found the car that hit him, but the case was never solved.

"I started screaming," Sabrina Lynch said when she found her father's body in a ditch the day after he was hit and killed. "I dialed 911 and told them I just found my father and he was dead."

Lynch said her father left home on his bike to go to a nearby stable where he kept his two horses.

Investigators believe someone accidentally hit Lynch on the dark rural road and never stopped.

"The bad part about it -- they knew they hit him, whoever it was," Lynch said.

Investigators say a mid-1980s Toyota hit Lynch. They matched pieces of a broken signal light -- the damage on the car to the bike damage.

Police discovered the Toyota at a check point out on Peele Road. When they questioned the two men inside, the men told officers they borrowed the car from a friend and did not know anything about the accident. So far, authorities have not filed charges, but say the two men are still possible suspects.

"The people they let go they should have kept. They shouldn't have let them go. Now they don't have anyone."

Investigators are now trying to track down the car's owner, Manuel DeJesus Cruz, to find out what he knows about the hit-and-run.

Police are asking anyone with information about Cruz's whereabouts, or about the accident to call 866-439-2683.