Upstate family seeks answers after cyclist killed in hit-and-run

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – An Upstate family is looking for answers after their loved one was hit and killed.

A white cross has been placed beneath the railroad tracks near Fairgrounds Road and Franklin Street. It marks the memory of Mary Thompson’s younger brother. Charles Dawkins, Jr., known as ‘Dawk Dawk.’

“He’s just a good brother,” Thompson said. “He was a party person but he was kind of on the quiet side every now and then.”

Charles Dawkins, Jr. (Photo courtesy: Family)
Charles Dawkins, Jr. (Photo courtesy: Family)

Dawkins’ cousin Latrice Letmon says they’d been waiting for him to return home when they learned something terrible happened and rushed to the scene.

“We went down there immediately,” she said. “We didn’t waste any time.”

Spartanburg Police say they responded around 7:30 p.m. and learned the 47-year-old was hit while riding his bicycle and died at the scene.

“He always rode his bicycle and took that same path home every time he left the house,” said Thompson, who said Dawkins was about a mile away from home when the accident happened. “He’s been on that path for years and years.”

Now his family is on a path towards justice.

“He’s a brother, a father, and a son. How can you just leave him with no help?” said Thompson. We really can’t have closure until we find out who did this to him.”

Spartanburg police are still investigating. They want anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers and remember you can remain anonymous. cyclist-scene

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