Suspect identified in deadly Union County hit-and-run
The North Carolina Department of Highway Patrol released the identity of the driver responsible for hitting and killing a man as he walked along Potter Road in Union County last month.
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#1 May 18, 2012
Can people not see that this young lady and the witnesses behind her that evening thought she hit a deer? How would anyone think it could be anything else in those parts of the oh so dark Union County roads that are filled with deer! This could have happened to anyone. I am sure, like the witnesses, she believed she hit a deer. Whats there to report here? It's very obvious. I am tired of seeing this poor girl be held responsible for a drunk guy wondering the dark streets. I am sorry for his death but their are certainly consequences for being intoxicated and wobbling the roads at night. Why did his friends let him leave? Why didn't anyone take him home? WCNC has posted story after story of this so called hit and run. Who stops to look for a deer you thought you hit? The girl did stop as reported at the first safe neighborhood entrance. How is that running? The witnesses saw her stop. Anyone that has driven the roads of Union County know what it's like to drive in the dark on these roads. I've personally hit 2 deer here and never reported that. Who reports that?? SICKENED BY THE NEWS AND WHERE THEY ARE TAKING THIS ACCIDENT.
#2 May 18, 2012
Playing Devils advocater Daryl but maybe this 17 year old girl was drunk and driving. This young man may have been drinking but he was responsible enough not to get into the car and drive or get into the car with someone else that had been. I have driven on these roads at night alot too and yes it may be dark and curvy but when you hit something you do get out and see what you have hit no to look at the damage to your car. My point being that there are two sides to every story. Just stopping at the first safe neighboorhood and checking the damage and then taking off is leaving the scene.
#3 May 19, 2012
If that girl wasn't drunk and thought she hit a deer...why hide behind an attorney for a month to see if he was drunk when you hit him...why not just say you thought it was a deer? She should be charged with vehicular homicide at MINIMUM and the owner of the vehicle should be charged as an accomplice or with obstruction for not releasing her info that day so she too could be tested for alcohol. Owner of that vehicle must be either really wealthy or know the right people...how else do you not get charged for interfering with an investigation when you admit to knowing but refuse to release information to police. Crazy world we live in these days.
#4 May 22, 2012
I would think that a deer would do a lot more damage, the victim was wearing bright colors, it took until Monday to turn the car over to authorities, not to mention how clean it was. What was she doing when she hit him ?
#5 May 22, 2012
Wake up! This "girl" was leaving a party where she was ,according to her own twitter posts earlier that evening, drunk as shit! She was also driving on a restricted license after 9 pm and speeding! Yes, he was drunk, however that doesn't mean he should be killed for walking home instead of getting behind the wheel! Hit and left to die! It is not like he was tossed into the woods, he was left in an open field 20 ft from the road! This girl is also the same person who has been kicked out of school for drinking at events as far back as 8th grade! I hope they charge the parents for trying to cover up the initial accident until it obviously got to much press for them to continue to conceal.
#6 May 27, 2012
Hey "Sickened by the news and where they are taking this accident"...
Yes, it could have happened to anyone...but not anyone...would have drove off and not reported it.
Last I knew, it wasn't illegal for a 22 yr old to drink. Being responsible to walk instead of drive, correct again, was he "wobbling" in the road??? Who reported that?
You need to stop making excuses for the "young lady". SHE HASN'T BEEN HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANYTHING!!! If she is driving, she needs to take responsibility for her actions. SHE DROVE OFF. "Who reports that??", pertaining to hitting deer, EVERYONE SHOULD! How did you get your car repaired without a report for your insurance to pay out?
This "poor girl" stopped to look at her car, but she didn't call anyone AND SHE OR SOMEONE RELATED...WASHED THE CAR!!!
As for this "drunk guy wandering the dark streets"...he had reflective tennis shoes on that could be seen 1/2 mile away, 360 degrees all around and wearing a bright orange shirt!
Oh, then let's address her Tweets on Twitter. Did you read them?
I hope to God that you don't ever have to see a loved one on a gurney, busted up from head to toe and not see justice be saught.
Yes, Josh did drink, yes, he left a party, but no way was it his fault for being hit from behind at 58 mph, by a 17 year old, drunk girl who had left a party herself.
PULL HER HAIR FOLLICLES!!! LET'S SHE WHAT SHE HAD IN HER SYSTEM THE NIGHT SHE RAN DOWN, KILLED, LEFT THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT, TRIED TO WASH AWAY THE EVIDENCE, WAIT UNTIL 2 DAYS AFTERWARDS TO TURN IN THE CAR, LAWYER UP AND THEN LEAVE THE STATE...then you can tell me, my son, his grandparents and the rest of Joshua Mitchell Crowley's family that he was just some "drunk guy wandering the dark streets.
#7 Jul 8, 2012
Sure hope justice is served for the victim. And by victim, I don't mean the young lady who was driving and took another persons life. RIP Joshua...
#8 Jul 11, 2012
So...is this story finished? Last I recall, the Highway Patrol's Reconstruction Team was to meet with the DA to SEE IF CHARGES WOULD BE FILED??? That's been over a month ago. So what's the hold up now. Also remember they were waiting on a copy of cell phone records, that has never been addressed either. It looks like someone is hoping the community forgets about this case???
#9 Jul 11, 2012
I don't want to belittle the loss of life here but be serious... I've hit a deer before and didn't report it. I totally buy her story especially if she was drinking, you certainly don't want to call the cops on yourself, that's just silly. And if this kid had such a great support system and such great friends, who let him walk home...shame on you! He didn't walk TO the party did he? I personally wouldn't let one of my friends walk home at night sober much less after drinking.
#10 Jul 11, 2012
So, you didn't have damage to your car after hitting a deer? Because if you had your car fixed you would have to report it to your insurance. That's kind of the point, right? And you buy her story because, If she was drinking, that's ok, to drive drunk, but it's not ok to walk drunk?? Are you drunk GARY? And when you realize that it was not a deer, because you read the paper, or before washing away all the evidence, you realize there is no deer fur on the car! It's a 22 year old man that was killed. An irresponsible teenager who was speeding down Potters Rd and hit & left him to die. IT'S HIT & RUN, ALL DAY LONG, AND IF IT WAS ANYONE ELSE, THEY WOULD BE IN JAIL! End of Story!
#11 Jul 11, 2012
Had damage... paid out of pocket to fix, no need to report to insurance and have your premium go up. Im not saying it's okay to drink and drive but heck, if I were drunk, the last thing I'm going to do is call the police over some dumb ass deer and possibly get myself arrested. Granted however, once she realized it was not a deer, no telling what her mindset was but Im sure she is dealing with that, your seeking "justice" is not going to bring him back nor make her feel any worse, Im near certain of that!(just to be clear, I don't know either party) And please cut the drama... "left him to die" you ASSUME she knew she hit someone... drunk, sober or whatever she would have had to have KNOWN it was a person she hit to have "LEFT HIM"... Can you prove that she knew it was a person?.... thats what I thought! Stop judging and for ONE SECOND use your intellect and NOT emotion to see that this is a HORRIBLE situation for both parties, Im sure of it but was an ACCIDENT, NOT a crime. As an adult you should know better to walk on a roadway or if you have to use enough common sense to get out of the road when a car is coming, there is some shared liability here, I believe. I don't hear you blaming the witness... why didn't they call the police if they witnessed someone leaving the scene of an accident? I can tell you why, NOBODY CARES ABOUT HITTING A DEER and thats exactly what both drivers thought. This isn't a perfrect world and people are people.
#12 Jul 14, 2012
If you didn't know either of the parties, than why bother commenting on this story? If you wouldn't call the police after hitting a deer or "what you believed to be a deer", than your telling everyone who reads this...you drink and drive and would do the same thing...drive off. I am glad you are not related to me...I was taught better than that.
Obviously you haven't got a FaceBook or Twitter account either, or you would see her reacation to the accident, "by her own posts"...Sorry???...she isn't one bit sorry. Check out all the photos of the family gatherings, her partying with friends, her life as it is now...knowing she killed someone!!!
As for the witness, who seen her pull over...they have a right to "assume" she hit a deer. They seen her swerve and they seen her pull over...why is it their responsibility to see if she "did the right thing"??? She had every opportunity to turn that car around and go back to see what she hit...deer or human...and had she done that, she would have seen him laying next to the road and "COULD" have called and got help. THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN AN ACCIDENT!!! Driving off and continuing on her merry little way...WAS VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER.
If it was an accident...than why wash the car, why wait and report it 36 hours later, why lawyer up, why not talk to the State Troopers Reconstuction Team to tell her side of the story, why hide behind daddy's money, why delete your FaceBook and Twitter accounts, why leave the state, why, why, why??? Tiffany and her family have made this a homocide!!! All of the Ashcraft's, especially Tiffany, should have to see the photos of Josh Crowley and the damage she did to him. I personally witnessed the damage done to him. I have never in my life seen such a sight. Knowing what he was wearing at the time of the accident, leaves me NO DOUBT that he was SEEN...and had she been paying attention, not being drunk herself, not using her cell phone and not speeding...she would have been able to go around him...HE DIDN'T JUST JUMP OUT IN FRONT OF HER CAR...like a deer.
Money talks...and bull walks. That is why she hasn't been questioned or even charged. If it was an "accident" then why hide??? COME CLEAN ASHCRAFT'S...PRODUCE A STATEMENT...PRODUCE HER HAIR FOLLICLES TO BE TESTED...PRODUCE HER CELL PHONE RECORDS...HELL...JUST PRODUCE SOMETHING!!! This will never end for our family, we won't ever have Josh back, but we would like justice, just as any other family would.
#13 Jul 19, 2012
Because Im objective enough to see past the tears
No, Im telling everyone that If I believed it was a deer I wouldn't bother to stop... again CUT THE DRAMA
Im glad too.. because it sounds like if I were drunk at a party you'd leave me to walk home too.
First smart thing you've said as I have no idea who she is or what she feels.... Im betting however you too have no idea what she "feels".... don't assume what she types on social sites is truly her deep down feelings.
Ooooh.... I get it... an EYE for EYE... she accidentally hit your son-in-law to be so now she too must die? You scare me... I hope police see and track this blog.
But the driver doesn't? So by your logic a DRUNK driver has better judgment than a sober witness? You are mental
Its not logical when you hit something you think is a deer to make an assumption it may be a human. and I don't know ONE girl that would go back to see a dead deer in the road... so continuing home would be a reasonable course of action.
I may sound harsh, but my heart truly goes out to all impacted by this tragedy... playing the shoulda-woulda-coulda game however will not make things better. God bless you and your family.
Do you have proof that she knows she hit a person? Do you have proof she intentionally hit him.... Drunk or not, Im sure she didn't direct her vehicle to intentionally strike him.... you really should look up the definition of ACCIDENT.
Because maybe she didn't wan't blood from what she thought was a deer on the car so she could lie to her rich little dadday and say someone hit her while the car was parked?... no telling .... but either way, I wouldn't want deer blood on my car either... ewww gross
Well, if you didn't know you hit someone, what is there to report... and once you realized you DID hit someone I too would want an attorney to represent me in such a serious matter... Im betting his family consulted with an attorney too
#14 Jul 19, 2012
This was all likely by the advice of the attorney. However if you feel there is strong evidence there that this makes the accident a crime then that info can be subpoenaed no matter if it was deleted or not. Or maybe she didn't want crazy people blasting her on her own social sites --- But YOU would never do that, Right?
Not sure its such a good idea to accuse someone of homicide on the internet if the authorities themselves have not sought charges... Be careful
Again, Im not as bad a person as Im sure you think I am for trying to help you see through the emotion to the facts in this horrible event.... I am truly saddened that you or anyone would have to see such a thing, My heart goes out to all your family.
Was he deaf? If I were walking down the road and heard a car coming (speeding) toward me I would sure as heck get out of the road! Or are there FACTS in this case which Im unaware, like her vehicle left the road and struck him while walking in the grass.. I simply don't know all the FACTS and Im guess you won't be objective enough to try and consider them.
Yes it does... today's society rewards those who work hard to achieve more than the basic standard of living. And by rights those of us who get a good education and make a contribution to this awful economic time we live via the purchase luxury items deserve some consideration for it. THAT BY NO MEANS however should be a free pass for killing someone. And until homicide, manslaughter, murder or whatever is PROVEN beyond a reasonable doubt we MUST assume she is innocent until other proven by a court of law... NOT via internet opinions. Furthermore, it is her right to council and I feel even if "justice" in your eyes is not met via a court or legal definition, she still has a higher power and her conscious to deal with.
I want to hide too and I didn't even do anything wrong! YOU SCARE ME! you seem like a vengeful person which seems to be filled only with thoughts of hate, malice and revenge. Concentrate on the love and great memories of your loved one and help the whole family move past this as it is the unfortunate truth is none of it will bring him back.
Well said and I will leave it at that.
#16 Aug 3, 2012
A accident is when someone reports the scene of something that happens! A homicide is when someone leaves the scene of a crime and does not report the action they have done! So this poor little girl by definition is a murderer! So this poor little girl did NOT have a accident! Freedom of Speech!
#17 Aug 3, 2012
I don't buy your story or hers!
Yea you may have hit one deer and drove off and payed out of pocket for one accident. But that cost at least $1500. No ones gonna do that twice. So i don't believe that you have hit 2 deer and paid out of pocket twice. Im sure when you hit those deers they jumped out in front of you. And im sure the deer that you hit were not wearing an orange shirt and reflective shoes???
now to your shame on you for his friends and family letting him walking home. His fiance got the key to the car and went looking for him! So no one let him walk, his family was looking for him for hours!! So don't ever say his friends and family let him walk! Someone who was sober left and went looking for him and would have seen him in his orange shirt and reflective shoes at 130/140 lbs. Not 300+ lbs on 4 legs and brown!!
#18 Aug 7, 2012
You may want to buy a dictionary...
an undesirable or unfortunate happening that occurs unintentionally and
usually results in harm, injury, damage, or loss; casualty; mishap:
Nowhere here does it say anything about staying or leaving. and Im betting
she didn't go out with the intent to run him down. Do you have PROOF it was
something other that "unintentional." ?
Law . such a happening resulting in injury that is in no way the fault of
the injured person for which compensation or indemnity is legally
This somewhat convinces me that it wasn't an "Accident" by definition
because Im not quite convinced that his accident was "in no way the fault
of the injured.".
any event that happens unexpectedly, without a deliberate plan or
I think this one pretty much sums it up unless the injured party jumped out
in front of the driver or you can somehow present PROOF that she aimed her
vehicle to hit him.
Again, CUT THE DRAMA... This case has accident written all over it,
all-be-it a very sad and unfortunate one but none the less an ACCIDENT in
every sense of the word.
#19 Aug 7, 2012
Actually, my damage was $5187.94 so I could have in essence paid "at least
$1500" three more times. And I will indeed again say that SOMEONE let him
walk... how else did he get out of the party?
Did he sneak out? If so, apparently he didn't want to be around those
Did he get in an argument and get kicked out? If so, those are some great
Was nobody paying attention to him and he just left?.... Can you see the
If they were sober, how did he get SO FAR from the party?? I'm just not
understanding that part. Maybe if he was hit at the end of the driveway
just as he walked out, I would buy that... but I just don't see how he was
left to get so far. I obviously don't know all the details I guess, so
maybe you could educate me on exactly how that went down?
Listen, I will say it again... I in no way vouch for the driver nor do I
even know either party... I simply find the EXAGGERATED DRAMA too much and
unnecessary considering the lack of proof that the driver in any way,
manner, shape or form INTENTIONALLY hit this poor kid or even knew it was a
person they hit. I drive over that same hill every day and can't even see
the memorial till your right up on it (and it has LIGHTS on it) so I
totally get a driver coming over that hill and not seeing a person walking
in the road. It is so sad, and no family should ever have to endure the
unimaginable pain of such a loss. But the drama and accusations won't fix
any of it.
#20 Sep 11, 2012
you guys are retarted. she didnt mean for any of this to happen.
#21 Sep 16, 2012
I don't even know what to say, this is unbelievable. How could you defend someone who committed a CRIME like she did? What she did was careless and foolish only considering herself in the situation. Since some have hit deers before you know how big of an impact it is and what kind of damage it does. I don't think the "victim" looked, weighed, or could impact a vehicle like a deer! All she had to do was stop like most people do, at that point she would "realize" what she had done, could have picked up a phone drunk or not and called someone, anyone. Then absolutely it would be considered an accident. When you do not stop deer or not and your only thinking of yourself then it is considered a crime like it or not. If she was trying to hide the fact she was drunk and driving, stole her parents car, driving after she was suppose to, and killed someone why would she go around telling people what she did going on about life like nothing ever happened and have no remorse (since its an accident). If she wanted her daddy to think someone had damaged his car why did daddy help her wash it clean from any evidence before turning it into police and hiring a lawyer to protect his name . This isn't "drama" this is reality, karma always come backs around and no none of this will bring him back but it will put heartache to rest and let him rest peacefully. If you don't know facts about this situation the please keep to yourself you are allowed your opinion but please don't share it with the world for people who loved this person to see.
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