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Rocky Mount Police Face Barriers In Solving Fatal Hit-And-Run

Posted October 27, 2005 10:53 a.m. EDT

— An accident on a rural road in Rocky Mount shattered Sabrina Lynch's family, she said.

Her father, Leroy Lynch, was struck by a car and killed while riding his bicycle three months ago.

"It's been really hard," she said.

Investigators said they found the car that hit Leroy Lynch the day after his death, but they still have no arrests.

"It's very frustrating to have a vehicle and not yet to have someone behind the wheel that we can say was the perpetrator of the crime," Rocky Mount Police Sgt. S.E. Brower said.

Police officers said they stopped a vehicle at a checkpoint and matched it to pieces found at the scene where Lynch was struck.

Two men inside the vehicle said they borrowed it from a friend and did not know anything about the accident.

After questioning the men for several hours, police let the men go.

Police have been searching for the car's owner, Manuel Cruz, ever since.

Investigators said speaking with Cruz would help them piece the accident together, though they did not name Cruz as a suspect.

But investigators have no photo of Cruz and do not know what he looks like. He may not even be in the United States, they said.

"There is the language barrier and there is also the Hispanic community that we're still appealing to to come forward if they have any information," Brower said.

Sabrina Lynch said her family's sadness is now turning into anger.

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

Investigators said they are still keeping tabs on those who they have talked to, and they have not ruled anyone out.

If you have any information about the accident or Manuel Cruz, please contact the Rocky Mount Police Department at (252)-972-1411.

The department is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.


Mike Charbonneau