19-Year-Old Man Dies After Struck by Several Vehicles in University City, NC
UNIVERSITY CITY, NC. – According to an online news report from wsoctv.com, a 19-year-old man was tragically killed January 1 after being struck by multiple vehicles and dragged on a roadway in University City, North Carolina.*
At approximately 1 a.m. on January 1, 19-year-old Demetrice Gillespie, of University City, was walking on North Tyron Street in University City. Reports indicate he was wearing dark clothing and was walking on the side of the road or the shoulder. At the intersection with Mallard Creek Road, a 2018 Nissan Altima struck Gillespie, throwing him about 50 feet into the right lane of the road. A Honda CRV then hit him, followed by a Hyundai Sonata.
The Hyundai ended up dragging him about 1,000 feet before the driver pulled into a gas station. Authorities arrived to find Gillespie still underneath the Hyundai. He died at the scene. The drivers of the Honda and the Hyundai stayed at the scene and spoke to police. Officers said these two drivers were not speeding and had not been consuming alcohol. The driver of the Nissan fled the scene.
Later that afternoon, 22-year-old Christian Chandler (city not reported) turned himself in as the driver of the Nissan involved in the incident. He has been charged with felony hit-and-run.
Gillespie was the father of a 6-month-old boy and had a passion for music. He and his twin brother were pursuing their musical talents and sang three times on comedian Ellen DeGeneres’s TV show.
“My family is just kind of devastated right now,” said William Gillespie, Demetrice’s father. “I can’t even put into words right now.”
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