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Family wants answers after man found injured, unconscious in Rock Hill

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ROCK HILL, S.C. (WBTV) -

Detectives in York County are investigating after a man was found injured and unconscious on the side of the road.

On Friday, January 31, a passerby found 49-year-old Eric Jay Joseph lying near the corner of Soulsville and Stella Roads, which is near W. Main Street in Rock Hill, just after 11 p.m.

Officials say Joseph, who sometimes goes by the nicknames "E" or "EJ", was unconscious, and had injuries to his face and head. Investigators are trying to determine how he sustained those injuries, and say they are not sure if he was hit by a car or assaulted.

Joseph was transported to Carolina's Medical Center - Main, where he was still in critical condition, unconscious and on life support Thursday afternoon.

His family said the incident is a mystery, and they want someone to come forward.

"He was on his way to the house [where] he had been across town. He usually walked every evening," said Robert Joseph, Eric's older brother. He said his brother was just steps away from his destination.

"He's got face fractures, broken bones in the face and just head injuries," said Robert Joseph. He added that the doctors said Eric's injuries are consistent with someone being hit by a car.

"Probably was an accident. We need to know. We need some closure. Who hit him or whatever. That's all we want," he said.

The Joseph family sat down and spoke with doctors Thursday.

They have to decide whether they will take Eric Joseph off life support, but will not make the decision until they talk to doctors again on Monday.

York County detectives said if Eric Joseph dies, the case will become a homicide investigation. 

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crimestoppers of York County at 1-877-409-4321, or York County Detectives at 803-628-3059.

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