Family of Pitt County Hit-and-run victim speaks out

PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – A deadly hit-and-run that happened on the night of April 29th in Pitt County remains unsolved and the family continues to seek answers.

Marquez Outlaw’s family says it has been a nightmare and a tireless fight for justice.

Winterville interim Police Chief Chris Williams says this is his first time seeing such an incident in his 12 years.

It was a jarring experience for Sally Outlaw when she was woken up in the middle of the night of April 29th.

“Like I could not get up, I don’t know who it is I’m thinking somebody got lost. But that third knock, it was kind of different. That knocked like the police…and it was,” Outlaw said.

The police informed her that her son, 32-year-old Marquez Outlaw, a father to three children, and a grandfather to one child, was killed in a hit-and-run around 9:20 p.m., and found partially on the road.

Outlaw says her son had been with his girlfriend that night and had an argument.

She says he used to frequently walk around outside to cool off.

That walk on Highway 11 near Davenport Farm Road was the last step taken by Outlaw.

“When he comes home, he kisses me before he goes to sleep. He kisses and tells me and never fails, I love you. Those were the last words we said to each other. I love you,” Outlaw shared.

According to Williams, they are faced with some challenges in the investigation.

“The situation given the location and the time of the night it happened, the lack of anything industrial in the area that would need a camera or recording device of any sort,” Williams explained.

Outlaw’s funeral was on May 10th, and his sister, Carolyn Simmons, says the search for answers continues.

“It doesn’t bring my brother back, it doesn’t, but it’s going to help my family. It’s just going to help my family because it hurts me to see my family go through this. It hurts me to see my mama go through this. My mama just lost a child,” Simons said.

Williams says this is an ongoing investigation with some leads they are working on.