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Suspect charged for fatal hit-and-run

JENNA-LEY HARRISON

Staff Writer

Just one day after troopers made a break in a fatal hit-and-run investigation in Lincoln County, an arrest has been made.

Travis Kirk Fitzpatrick, 33, of Catawba, was charged Saturday morning after troopers said they received an anonymous tip.

He’s accused of striking Sherry Kittle, 53, of Kershaw Trail, Wednesday night while she walked along the side of U.S 321 Business (Maiden Highway).

Neighbors said she often walked along the road because her vehicle needed repairing.

Kittle was pronounced dead at Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln shortly after Emergency Medical Services transported her to the facility, troopers said.

Father and son, Hernesto and Randy Guardado, who live on Maiden Highway at Summerow Road, discovered the woman lying in their front yard after the crash.

They said they heard an alarming noise and looked outside, spotting her body. They immediately contacted 911.

On Friday, after combing through his yard, the 12-year-old boy found the vehicle’s antennae.

Troopers sent the vehicle part to Skeet’s Auto Body in Conover, which contacted the antennae’s manufacturer, Chevy, and learned the part stemmed from a 2001 to 2006 model Silverado, Tahoe or Suburban.

The antennae design also matched the marks on Kittle’s body, Trooper Sgt. Kelly Stewart said.

The state law enforcement agency has partnered with Skeet’s on a number of investigations over the years, Stewart said.

Fitzpatrick was jailed right after 5 a.m. Saturday but had already posted a $25,000 secured bond three hours later, according to jail officers at the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center.

 

 

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