Saying they had little information, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police asked the public Monday afternoon to help solve a fatal hit-and-run case involving a disabled man in west Charlotte.
“Very little evidence was found on the roadway,” said Officer Steven Williams with the Major Crash Unit, who later added, “I’ve been doing this since 2005, and this is the first case I’ve actually worked where we had nothing: no paint transfer, no plastic parts, headlight lenses or glass from the front windshield.”
Just before 9 p.m. Monday, police asked the public to call them if they knew anything about “a dark colored SUV” last seen making a left from Pebblebrooke Drive onto Alleghany Street toward Ashley Road.
On Saturday, police responded to 2400 Alleghany St. in west Charlotte about 10:45 p.m. and found Carrington Devol Ware, 50, lying in the road. Medic pronounced him dead, police said.
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Ware, who had cerebral palsy, had just enjoyed a Valentine’s Day dinner and movie at his girlfriend’s house and was crossing Alleghany Street at Pebblebrook Drive to get to the bus stop when he was hit, said his sister, Dietrich Trimble, 52.
“If you knew him, there’s no way you would leave him in the road like that,” she said. “Nobody should have to lay in the street like that and just be abandoned.”
On Monday, family and friends gathered at Trimble’s mother’s home on Vantage Place in west Charlotte to express their condolences and share their favorite memories of Ware, who was known as Jake.
Trimble said her brother loved to joke. An avid sports fan, he held season tickets with the Charlotte Bobcats and enjoyed watching Carolina Panthers football. And, although he was an avid UNC fan, he wasn’t above buying Duke memorabilia for those family members who loved that rival team.
He also was a charter member of Reeder Memorial Baptist, the church he attended every Sunday with his mother.
Trimble said her brother, who would have been 51 on March 9, was “a hero to our family” because he never used his disability as an excuse. Ware lived in his own apartment and traveled all over town visiting family and friends.
“He did not use that as a crutch,” said his niece, De’Trice Fox, 31. “He was very independent. He was just a loving guy. Everywhere you went, somebody knew him.”
Ware also loved shopping, Trimble said. She recalled how he went Christmas shopping in September for his grand-nieces and grand-nephews. And he loved taking his family’s children to SouthPark mall and other shopping outlets.
“All of them thought they were his favorite because he loved them so much,” Trimble said.
Williams said police are analyzing video surveillance footage from nearby Harding University High School. They’re also talking to at least four witnesses from the scene.
But he emphasized that information from the public will be vital in helping solve the case.
“A human being is dead and the family is suffering, and they need some kind of closure as to why this happened,” he said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.