Fatal Hit-and-Run Crash Unsolved One Year Later

Solving Hit And Run Crashes

MEBANE, N.C. -- A man just trying to cross the street died after he was hit by a hit-and-run driver. Christopher Askew was was crossing at the crosswalk on Third and Center Streets in Mebane when police say a driver hit him and kept on driving.

The crash happened Sunday night and Askew died Monday night.  Police are still looking for the driver but at this point, there isn't even a vehicle description.

What officers don't have on their side is time.

Each passing day makes these cases more difficult to solve. That's something the Roten family knows well.

One year ago, 1-year-old Mason Roten died after a hit-and-run crash. That driver has never been arrested.

It hasn't been easy for the Roten family but their hardest day was losing him. Mason died one week after his family was involved in a hit-and-run crash in Walkertown.

The family was driving down Highway 66 when a black car crossed the center lane and in order to avoid a head on collision, Troopers say Mason's dad swerved, flipped and hit a tree. The driver never stopped to see if the family was OK.

Mason's grandmother says without an arrest, the family doesn't have closure.

"Mixed emotions. This week's been a week of remembering being in the hospital, the phone call, the hard week of grieving and having to let go, hoping and then realizing that all hope was lost," said Teresa Roten.

Highway Patrol are still investigating this crash but haven't gotten any new leads in a while. Troopers are looking at a few people of interest.

Roten says to this family in Mebane going through what hers went through last year - the most important thing to do is to lean on to each other.

"What I would tell them to do is reach out to the people they are closest to. To their family. To their friends. Because they are going to need them now more than ever. Us as a family, we have learned not to take each other for granted and it's actually caused us to grow closer," said Roten.

Roten says she doesn't know how whoever did this to Mason has been able to live with themselves this past year.

"We will know that God is the ultimate judge and this person eventually will be dealt with. If it were a just world, they would have turned themselves in. Personally, I wouldn't have been able to slept with myself."

As for the crash in Mebane, police are asking anyone who might have been in the area of Third and Center Streets during the time of the accident to come forward. Any tip can be helpful in their investigation.

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