Crime & Courts

Arrest made in fatal hit and run in Lincoln County

A Sherrills Ford man was charged early Saturday in connection with the fatal hit and run of a Lincoln County woman.

The N.C. Highway Patrol took Travis Fitzpatrick, 33, into custody after officials said they received a Crime Stoppers tip late Friday.

The call came in following a media release Friday afternoon, after new evidence was discovered in the Wednesday night death of 53-year-old Sherry Kittle.

The antennae from the vehicle of interest was found in the grass just beyond the scene of the investigation on U.S. 321 near Summerow Road where Kittle was hit, said Sgt. Kelly Stewart.

Troopers worked with Skeet’s Auto Body Repair & Wrecker Service in Conover to determine that the antennae, together with pieces of a broken right front headlight, were from one of three Chevy models – a Suburban, Tahoe or Silverado – from between 2001 and 2006.

After information from the Crime Stoppers tip, troopers went to a residence on Little Mountain Road in Sherrills Ford, where they found a gray Silverado truck with damage to the windshield, grill, headlight housing area and passenger side mirror, as well as a missing antennae.

The truck was in a secluded wooded area, parked next to a building down a dirt drive from the home, officials said, noting it was not visible from the road.

Fitzpatrick was not at home. But his mother, who also lives at the residence, gave investigators his cellphone number, they said. Fitzpatrick eventually turned himself in.

He was charged with felony hit and run and placed under a $25,000 secured bond.

Officials do not believe this case is related to another hit and run fatality that happened on U.S. 321 in Caldwell County on Thursday night.