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Family of Garner man who died in hit-and-run pleading for driver to come forward

GARNER, N.C. (WNCN) - Relatives of the man who died earlier this week in a hit-and-run crash are pleading for the driver to come forward.

Garner police said David Abowd died early Monday after a car hit him while he walked along U.S. Highway 70 and Vandora Springs Road.

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“It’s horrible. I don’t think there’s any way to sugar coat that,” said Abowd’s brother, Peter. “It’s understandable, what that person could be going through in the car as well probably isn’t easy either.”

Police have released a photo of the front grill of the vehicle believed to be involved as well as surveillance video taken just after the crash. Investigators are looking for a light-colored 2005-2010 Chrysler 300. Police said the car should have damage on the front as well as possible hood or windshield damage.

Peter Abowd said police came to his home in Michigan earlier this week to tell him about what happened. He and a few other relatives traveled to North Carolina soon after.

EARLIER: Garner police release videos connected to fatal hit-and-run

David Abowd, 62, was born in Detroit, but had lived in North Carolina since the 70s, his brother said. He moved to Garner at the beginning of the year. Peter said his brother previously worked as a special education teacher and owned a music store near Charlotte. He was one of 12 siblings and had three children of his own.

“He loved his family,” said Peter Abowd. “If you met him, you probably wouldn’t have forgotten him too soon. And, there’s not many people that make that kind of impression.”

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Peter said his brother was passionate about music, writing his own songs and playing for people in the community.

One of the memories Peter recalled was David “playing ‘Stairway to Heaven’ with the guitar over his head.”

He had recently taken up woodworking, with his family discovering many crosses in David’s apartment. A neighbor saw his work and gave him the nickname, “The Cross Man.”

“This was therapy, and sharing it with people was therapy,” said Peter. “He was very bright and creative and had our family’s sense of humor and sarcasm.”

While police work to find the driver of the car that hit David, his family hopes by sharing more about the man they lost it may generate some leads.

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