Authorities said Andy Anderson, 47, of the Elroy community was found dead in the median of U.S. Highway 70 early Wednesday.
Tina Byrd-Davis was driving home from work when she spotted Anderson's body just east of Goldsboro at about 7 a.m. and called authorities.
"I happened to notice a shoe lying out in the road," Byrd-Davis said. "I saw something lying in the median, and I looked and I was, like, 'That looks like a body lying there.'"
Investigators don't know when Anderson was killed. They have no suspects and haven't identified the vehicle involved, although they recovered pieces of it from the scene.
Friends and relatives said Anderson had a daily routine of crossing busy U.S. 70 to go to a local store less than a mile from the home where he lived with his parents.
His mother said he left for the store after dinner Tuesday night and never came home. The family didn't realize what had happened until authorities knocked on their door Wednesday morning to inform them of the tragedy.
"They know that they hit him. They had to have seen him" said Roger Bartlett, a friend of Anderson. "Just to keep driving and not stop, it has to be on their conscience."
Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is asked to call the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
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