A North Carolina fugitive was arrested in Rock Hill Wednesday after police say a woman hit him with her car when he stepped out into the road.
At about 8:20 p.m., Tyeisha Young, 24, flagged down officers patrolling Riverview Road, according to a Rock Hill Police report. She told police she was driving southbound on Riverview when she hit a man who stepped into the road in front of her car.
The man, who “clearly” suffered injuries, got up off the ground and walked toward the America’s Best Value Inn, the report states. Police found damage on Young’s car that appeared consistent with a pedestrian collision. They also found a pair of men’s shoes and the remains of a 12-pack of beer in the road.
Concerned for the victim’s health, police spoke with several bystanders and the hotel’s manager and found the pedestrian, identified as Harry Stoots Jr., 34, in a fourth-floor room, the report states. Stoots, police reported, had injuries “consistent with being struck by a vehicle.”
As paramedics treated Stoots and prepared to transfer him to Piedmont Medical Center, an officer performed a routine background check using a federal criminal database made available to law enforcement by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Police found Stoots listed as a fugitive, wanted by North Carolina’s department of probation and parole for a parole violation related to a 2013 conviction for breaking and entering, a felony worth more than a year in prison.
Probation officials confirmed that Stoots was wanted, the report states, and they planned to extradite him to North Carolina. Stoots was taken to the hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries to his leg and head. He was later released from the hospital and taken into custody. He was served with a fugitive warrant and also cited with pedestrian unlawfully in the roadway.
Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety show that Stoots was released from prison on parole on May 15. He is listed as an “absconder” from his parole supervision, meaning he failed to report to his parole officer.
Young told The Herald on Thursday she just turned out of McDonald’s when she heard something hit her windshield. She and another motorist watched as Stoots got off the ground.
“I opened my door, asked him if he was OK,” she said. “He got up, looked at both of us and kept going... didn’t stop or anything.” After the incident, Young said, she cried.
“It’s one thing to hit a car or get (in) an accident with a car, but it’s another thing to hit a human,” she said. “I could have possibly killed him or he could have possibly died from being hit by my car. I have a feeling this will stay on my conscience for a while.”
Still, Young says something good came out of the incident. A wanted man is in jail.
“I guess I did a good thing,” she said. “It’s not a good thing that he got hit by my car, but at the same time, it’s like I helped the law.”
Jonathan McFadden • 803-329-4082