Crime Stoppers: New evidence in pastor's hit and run

New evidence in pastor's hit-and-run

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police (CMPD) are sharing some new evidence as they search for a hit-and-run driver.

They are now looking for a particular car based on what they found at the accident scene - and accident that severed the leg of a church pastor who had stopped to help a stranded motorist.

"From my vantage point, it looked like he'd been severed in half," said Theresa McCormick-Dunlap, the wife of Pastor LeRoy Dunlap. "His leg was away from his body, and the other was at a very bad angle."

The Dunlap's were headed down Brookshire freeway when they noticed someone in need. At exit 3B, Pastor Dunlap got out to help push another man's stranded car off the exit ramp.

He was pushing the right rear of the car near the guardrail when someone slammed into him from behind. One leg was severed, the other mangled.

His wife ran to the accident scene as said she thought he was dead.

But she also wonders why the driver didn't stop to help.

"From what we can piece together it appears someone would have had to back up to keep going forward - backed up to come around the carnage."

CMPD Detective Matthew Sammis is investigating and, based on new evidence, he now knows what he's looking for.

"It's a Crown Victoria and it's a light ice blue year models 2003 to 2011."

And how did he collect this new evidence?

"We actually had a piece of debris left on the roadway," Detective Sammis says, "That was pointing to the color of the car."

The detective contacted the Ford Motor Company and matched the color of the debris to a Lincoln Crown Victoria.

Although the Dunlap's are not vindictive people, they want whoever did it to get caught. You can help.

If you know someone who drives an ice blue Crown Victoria with bumper damage on the left front, call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. You can do so anonymously and earn a reward.

By the way, Pastor Dunlap's recovery will take at least six months.

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