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Greensboro family mourns grandfather killed in moped accident

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A Greensboro family is grieving after a 64-year-old grandfather was hit and killed in a moped wreck this weekend.

N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Greg Ingram said Timothy Minor died in a hit-and-run accident.

Ingram said someone driving a red Dodge pickup truck was illegally passing another vehicle on Liberty Road Saturday around 6 p.m. The suspect then shifted back into his own lane of travel and hit Minor, who was driving a moped.

"I was watching TV when I heard the crash. I came out," said witness Erik Carswell. "I never saw the truck hit the gentleman, but I could hear the truck speeding off," he added.

Carswell saw Timothy Minor on the side of the street near Blackmoor Road and immediately called 9-1-1, but he suspected it was already too late.

"He was hurt bad. His helmet was thrown off and you could see that the driver just ran him over," he said. "It was just so sad."

Timothy Minor's family said he loved to joke and laugh and was loved by many. They say he is a Guilford County native who had a big family and even bigger heart.

"He was coming over to bring our grandson an Easter basket," said Minor's wife, Eva Smith.

"I just can't believe it because I was talking to him early Saturday morning and next thing I know my daughter's calling me at work saying he didn't make it," explained Smith, holding back tears.

She said it's bad enough someone ran over her husband, but she just wishes the suspect would take responsibility. "You just run over him and leave him like a dead animal in the road? I just can't understand that. I just don't know," Smith continued.

She said Minor was known in the neighborhood for riding his moped every day and picking up odd-jobs like painting and yard work to earn money.

Trooper Ingram said they don't have a strong description of the hit-and-run suspect, but investigators are looking for a full-sized red Dodge pickup truck that was carrying a ladder in the back on Saturday evening.

"It would probably have front-end damage," he described.

Smith says she and her daughter and four-year old grandson are now just looking for justice and closure.

"If you have a heart at all, whoever did this, please turn yourself in. This right here should tell people don't take anyone for granted," she said, looking at a picture of her husband on their wedding day.

"Make sure you tell [your family] that you love them, because you don't ever know when you might not see them again."