Good Samaritan helps catch hit-and-run driver

Shopton Rd. West in Steele Creek is not a pedestrian friendly road. In fact, a pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run accident on Wednesday in the area. 

Preliminary investigations revealed that the driver, Timothy Craig Medley was driving his 2006 Kia Sorento when he hit the victim, Michael James Denny, as he was walking across the roadway.

There are no lights, no sidewalk and no shoulder, and to make matters worse police say the driver was drunk. 

Police were called out to Shopton Rd. West just after 9:30 Wednesday night. 

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When they arrived they found Denny lying in the grass on the side of the road. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Police say a good Samaritan, on their way to a nearby store, saw Denny walking down the road. 

On their way back they noticed a shoe in the road and a short distance away saw an SUV stopped in the roadway. Realizing what happened they called 911.

The SUV was so badly damaged that it had broken down. Medley was identified as the driver and charged with felony death by vehicle, felony hit and run and DWI.    

Police credit the witness for getting involved and say that if it wasn't for him the driver might have gotten away.