Tuesday afternoon, Melinda Franklin had the day off work so she could visit her son’s grave.
Just one year ago on that very night, at 9:20 p.m., Chris Franklin was walking along Dellwood Road toward Waynesville when he was struck by a truck. The truck didn’t stop.
“I found out he was drug 102 feet,” Franklin said.
Franklin, who lost another son in a car crash mere months before Chris died, said she has struggled with depression, and holding down a job has been tough. Although she said she found good employment under an accommodating boss at Maggie Valley Nursing and Rehab, she said she had to take Tuesday off.
“I’ve been crying today,” she said. “It’s still the same feeling as the night I found out.”
The truck that hit Franklin has been described by law enforcement as a red or maroon truck. While it would have initially had front-end damage following the hit and run, it’s hard to say now what condition it’d be in.
Franklin said it’s been frustrating trying to turn up leads, especially because of the lack of public awareness of the case.
“There are local people around that I talked to about it, and they hadn’t even heard about it,” she said.
Trooper W.R. Blanton of the N.C. Highway Patrol said that while his office has followed up on some tips offered by residents, nothing has turned up a solid lead yet.
“We have had no new leads, and we want to remind the community that the case is still open,” he said. “If anybody knows anything, please call us.”