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Troopers find SUV involved in fatal hit and run

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UNION COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - The N.C. Highway Patrol says it has found the vehicle that was involved in a hit and run that killed a 22-year-old over the weekend.

The silver Lexus RX SUV has heavy right front damage, as seen in these photos, first obtained by WBTV.com. 

WBTV News was the only camera there when Troopers brought the SUV to their headquarters in Monroe.

No arrest or charges have been filed so far but troopers say the investigation is continuing and more details will be released soon.

The SUV was found after troopers received a call Monday morning from a family member who read about the accident in the paper. Troopers haven't released the name of the driver but say the driver was not the owner of the car. Investigators plan to interview the driver soon and "hopefully all the facts of what happened on that evening will come forward" Sgt. M.L. Leach with the Highway Patrol said.

"It is very commendable that in this day in time that someone would come forward even though it could involve a family member," said Sgt. Leach.

"I'm glad whoever came forward, came forward because it gives us a little bit more peace..the question is no longer where is it?" Family friend Lisa Watson said. We just let the investigators do their job and hope justice will be served."

The body of Joshua Crowley, 22, was found around 7 a.m. Sunday morning in the 9000 block of Potter Road in Wesley Chapel.

The NC Highway Patrol says it appears that Crowley was walking home when he was struck by an SUV around 10:00 p.m. Saturday. His body was not discovered until Sunday morning a short distance from the side of the road.

Investigators spent hours at the scene Sunday retracing Crowley's steps. Friends say he left a birthday party at home in Matthews around 9:30 p.m.

Lisa Watson says her son, Josh Carter, looked for Crowley until 1:30 a.m. along the same stretch of Potters Road where Crowley was eventually found.

"They took somebody's life….they took my son's life away too because Crowley is my son's life..they took away everything," Watson said.

Watson says Crowley was like a son to her. She says fond memories of fishing and camping are what will get her through these difficult times ahead. She makes a tearful plea for the driver or anyone with information to come forward.

Troopers say a witness saw a silver SUV swerve at that location Saturday night, and thought the vehicle had hit a deer. The witness said the SUV stopped at a nearby neighborhood. The driver checked the front of the car, and then drove off.

Neighbors say the road is heavily traveled but is completely dark at night with no street lights and dangerous to walk without sidewalks.

"Nobody stopped and helped him out or anything…then I woke up and saw it and it was shocking," Neighbor Charlie Wiley said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the highway patrol at *HP or 704-283-8101. 

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