Paraplegic killed, dragged in last week’s deadly hit and run was a husband, father of 7

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The daughter of the man dragged three miles in a hit-and-run last week says the charges against the suspect are not enough.

“You have to be heartless,” said Shajohnna Hill, of Detroit, Mich. “This man had a life, he had kids. He is a human being.”

Her father, John Otis Hill, had traveled from Michigan to visit a long-time friend in Winston-Salem when investigators say Viola Spencer hit him on Cleveland Avenue, stopped briefly, and then continued on with Hill trapped under Spencer’s SUV.

It’s believed Spencer dragged Hill for three miles, even stopping once at a gas station to fill up with Hill trapped underneath. Hill died later at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Spencer is facing felony hit and run, misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and charges for trying to cover it all up.

“I feel like misdemeanor shouldn’t even be categorized with taking my father’s life,” said Hill. “Now it’s one thing that you have an accident but it’s another thing when you know you hit someone and you keep going and then try to cover up after the fact.”

Hill says her father, a paraplegic for more than 20 years, didn’t let his handicap slow him down or keeping him from visiting his Winston-Salem friend once a year.

Witnesses tell police someone — unknown to investigators — driving Hill last Tuesday night got into an argument with him and set him out in the middle of Cleveland Avenue without his crutches. Neighbors told FOX8 last week they found Hill in the street saying he couldn’t move his legs and as neighbors tried to get him out of the street he was hit.

Hill says her father, married to her mother for 36 years, loved his family that included seven children, the youngest two who are teenagers.

“This is a father that was always in my life from day one,” she said. “School, parent teacher conference, ball games; he was there.”

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