Police say they found hit-and-run car
Lenoir police have seized the car they think ran into a motorcyclist from behind on Wilkesboro Boulevard and almost killed him the night of Oct. 16.
The car's owner has not been charged, but a case file is being prepared and will be turned over to the district attorney's office for review and possible grand jury indictment, Lenoir Police Capt. Brent Phelps said.
Robert Freeman Wilson, 58, of Hudson was riding home on his 2008 Suzuki Scooter motorcycle about 11 p.m. after leaving a friend's house in Wilkesboro when a car speeding up from behind him struck the motorcycle. Wilson, who fell into the road as the car continued on without slowing, suffered a partially collapsed lung, at least four broken ribs, a broken collarbone and numerous broken bones in his hands. Wilson was flown to Carolinas Medical Center and was released a week later.
There were witnesses to the wreck, but due to the darkness, no one got a license plate number. Among the debris police found from the wreck was a piece of the car's front bumper and a grill logo later identified as belonging to a gray, late-model Hyundai Elantra.
Police received an anonymous Crimestoppers tip on Nov. 19 that identified a woman as the driver and said the vehicle was in her garage, and police then found that records of the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles showed that the woman, who lives off Olde Creek Court in Lenoir, owned a 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT, according to the affidavit for a search warrant filed that day with the Caldwell County Clerk of Court.
According to documents filed after the search warrant was served, officers went to the house the next day and spoke with the woman, who immediately told them they would have to speak to Cody Blair, her lawyer in Hickory. Officers searched her garage, where there was a car with a cover over it. A search warrant for the car was obtained, and officers took it to the Lenoir Police Department.
The car has significant damage to a portion of the front bumper, and its Hyundai grill logo is missing. Inside the passenger area of the car, police found five pieces of a broken tail light belonging to Wilson's motorcycle, the search warrant documents said.
Wilson said Thursday he is continuting to recover but still is in considerable pain. His medical bills exceed $100,000 and continue to mount.
But he was happy to hear that police think they have found the car responsible.
"I honestly wasn't expecting to get more news," Wilson said. "This is good news for me. I hope she had insurance."