Winston-Salem Family Pleading For Tips In Unsolved Hit And Run

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Courtesy: Johnson Family

LEXINGTON, N.C.-- Troopers with N.C. Highway Patrol are still looking for tips in a hit and run that left two cousins dead. The victims' families want closure.

Sgt. Ben Stalvey with the N.C. Highway Patrol told WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford that they have nothing but they're still looking.

On December 20, 2011 around 2 a.m., 26-year-old Ashley Johnson and 25-year-old Dwight Scales were killed on Highway 52 close to Exit 92.

"I have nothing. We have nothing. We have no new information, no new leads than what we had initially," said Sgt. Stalvey.

Winston-Salem detectives, The State Bureau of Investigation, the N.C. Highway Patrol, and the N.C. Highway Patrol's reconstruction team investigated this wreck. They followed up on every lead but ultimately all tips led to dead ends.

Troopers said the two cousins, Johnson and Scales left their vehicle for some reason in the northbound lanes of Highway 52. Then, they crossed the median into the southbound lanes. That's when a vehicle hit them. Then another car and a tractor trailer ran over the bodies. The drivers of the second car and tractor trailer stopped and called for help.

Sgt. Stalvey said even though it's been almost two years, they still won't give up.

"Maybe somebody knows something. If the person is local, somebody is going to say something. If the person is not local, we may never solve this," said Sgt. Stalvey.

Ashley's uncle and grandmother told WFMY they're not mad at whoever the person was traveling the car that initially struck their family members. The just want answers.

"To live with that every day, I don't know how they can live with it. I know they want to come forward. I believe in human nature and they want to come forward. So just do it, come on," said Larry Johnson, Ashley's uncle and Dwight's cousin.

The family believes that foul play was involved with their death. They think someone else was in their vehicle that night and threatened to rob them, which is why the cousins left the car in the middle of the road and started running.

"We are not going to hold you fault. We just want to get closure. If we can get some kind of closure, it can help the family to heal," said Blondella Johnson, Ashley's grandmother.

Anyone with information is asked to call Highway Patrol in Lexington at (336) 249-0247 or Lexington Police Crime Stoppers at (336)243-2400.

WFMY News 2, N.C. Highway Patrol

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