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Family of man injured in hit & run on Busbee Road just wants answers

Gaston, SC (Paul Kirby) – It was the day after Christmas 2018. Sometime around 7:00 a.m., a man in his 40’s was riding his moped just before dawn. His route took him up Busbee Road, a route he often traveled. Suddenly and without warning, a vehicle struck him from behind near Pasture Road, throwing him from the moped and seriously injuring him. An ambulance and fire truck responded, and he was transported to a local trauma center with life-threatening injuries. He’s still there in a hospital bed several weeks later fighting to return to some sort of normality in his life.

A trooper from the SC Highway Patrol came and made a report that morning, searching for any evidence that might provide a clue as to who hit the man on the moped. There was very little found. The trooper did note that it looked as if the driver of the vehicle stopped, but after seeing what he had done, that person got back into his vehicle and sped away, leaving skid marks in the dirt and grass along the roadside. The trooper’s report also reflects that the vehicle that struck the man most probably has damage to its right front grill, headlight, or fender. Other than that, there’s not much to go on.

Now, Jerry Hubbard, who’s the injured man’s father, visits his grown son in the hospital regularly. “We believe he’ll live,” Hubbard said during a recent interview. “He has a long road ahead and we’re not sure he will ever be like he was before, but we hope and pray every day that eventually he is at least some better.” The older Hubbard just wants to know who did this and why they left his son lying injured along the road. Authorities don’t believe the hit and run driver even called 911. “The not knowing what happened is the hardest part. More than anything, I just want to know why this happened to my son and who would do such a thing,” Hubbard concluded. In hopes that someone might have seen or knows something, Hubbard has offered a $1,000 reward for any information provided that might lead to an arrest. “I’m not a rich man by any means, but if someone could provide the name of whoever was behind that wheel and enough proof for an arrest, I’d gladly pay the money, if for nothing else the peace of mind and some justice for my son.” Hubbard made it clear that the tipster would have to be willing to meet with law enforcement officers. He knows that someone must have seen something that morning or has noticed some damage on someone’s vehicle that wasn’t there before. To the person who provides the information needed, Hubbard says he’d gladly pay the reward.

In order to provide tips, you can call (803) 781-9785. If no one answers, leave a message and someone will get back to you. “I don’t know much about Facebook or computers,” Hubbard said, “but if everyone could help us spread this information around, maybe the person who hit my son would have to face what they’ve done.”

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