Man wanted in Gastonia hit-and-run turns himself in to police

- A man has turned himself in to authorities in connection to a hit-and-run in Gastonia that has a local father fighting for his life in the hospital, police said. 

Chris Lavon Wilson, 29, is charged with felon hit-and-run. 

"My son do not drink or smoke. He's a good guy. He do not drink or smoke, he go to church. Like I said, he made a mistake, everybody makes mistakes," Wanda Wilson said, mother of Chris Wilson. 

The Gastonia Police Department said around 2 a.m. Sunday, June 18, Wilson driving a 2006 Nissan Sentra traveling west on West Garrison Blvd when he struck William David McFalls 58, and fled the scene.

"Had he stopped immediately after the collision occurred, we don't know that there would have been charges filed on Mr. Wilson," an officer with CMPD said. 

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Officers were able to obtain video from a local business of a vehicle that met the description of initial witness statements. While searching the immediate area of the collision on Monday, June 19, Officer Lechette located a vehicle matching the description on the video at Wilson’s home.  

Wilson initially told police the damage to the windshield was from vandalism at his home, but has since became cooperative with the investigation and admitted to leaving the scene after hitting McFall. 

There is no indication from the investigation at this point to believe any impairing substance or speed being a factor in the collision, police said.

Wilson turned himself into the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday afternoon. 

"I said, I know him, he's a pretty good fellow," Wilson's mother said she knows the man her son hit. FOX 46 Charlotte was at the jail as she embraced the victim's sister with a hug and a message. 

"I'm praying for him. Like I said, he didn't mean to do it. he didn't see what happened. What he hit, he just go scared and frightened," she said. 

Police do not expect any additional charges. Wilson is scheduled to first appear in curt on Thursday afternoon. Right now he's out on a $50,000 bond. 

McFall is still at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte with life-threatening injuries. 

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