Father fighting for his life after hit-and-run in Gastonia

- A man hit by a car in southeast Gastonia early Sunday morning is now in critical condition, fighting for his life.

William David McFalls, 58, was struck by a silver sedan around 2 a.m. Sunday, June 18 as he was crossing the intersection of Weldon Street and Garrison Blvd., according to witnesses.

The driver fled the scene. 

"If they still did hit him, at least stop, don't leave him laying there. If I hit a dog, I'd stop," Ashleigh Hodge said, McFalls' daughter. 

Hodge said a weight is lifted off her shoulders now that police have identified the driver. The biggest hurdle now remains at Carolinas Medical Center - can doctors save her father. 

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"They will not answer that question. I've even asked them to be straight forward with me and don't sugarcoat it, they will not answer that question, they say with a head trauma it's a time game," she said. 

The accident happened on Father's Day. 

"It's like a different kind of hurt when it's a special day, especially on a day you're supposed to spend with him and make it about him," Hodge said. 

It took nearly 40 hours for police to identify the driver - a person McFalls' daughter has a message for. 

"Don't leave a human lying there like a piece of trash. I mean, they lost all respect I could have possibly had when they did that," she said. 

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