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Hit and run that killed Pender County mother remains unsolved six years later

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Vickie Gallop was killed in a hit and run in Pender County on February 25, 2008. Vickie Gallop was killed in a hit and run in Pender County on February 25, 2008.
The wreck happened along Highway 53, around three miles east of the I-40 exit near Burgaw. The wreck happened along Highway 53, around three miles east of the I-40 exit near Burgaw.

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Vickie Gallop was killed in a hit and run accident six years ago. Who hit her remains a mystery.

Now, another tragedy in her family has her sister renewing her push for answers in an effort to get closure for Vickie's two daughters and her parents.

"We just want somebody to say they're sorry that we don't have her in our lives anymore and they're sorry they didn't do anything about it then," Jenny Gallop DeLacerda, Vickie's sister, said.

Vickie, a mother of two, was killed on February 25, 2008.

Someone hit her and left her for dead on the side of Highway 53 in Pender County.

"It's hurtful to think that there's somebody out there that is that inhumane to leave someone lying on the side of the road gasping for air," DeLacerda said.

It was very early in the morning when Vickie was hit, at 5:40 a.m.

To this day, her family doesn't know why she was out walking at that time.

DeLacerda said she was on Chantix, an anti-smoking medication, which can cause sleepwalking and sleeping problems in some people. But is that the reason she was out walking at that time?

That's just one of the mysteries surrounding her death.

Vickie was spotted walking along Highway 53 before she was killed. She was hit around three miles east of the I-40 exit near Burgaw, two miles from her home.

Why was she so far from home? Why was she out walking that early? And who hit her? These are the questions that haunt her family.

"There are lots of questions unanswered," DeLacerda said. "There are some things that we probably will never know the answer to."

The push for answers follows another sudden death of a loved one.

DeLacerda's only other sibling, her brother Benjamin, fell from a tree stand in Pender County in October and died.

Now, Vickie and Benjamin are buried side-by-side. DeLacerda's said her brother never got over that Vickie's killer was never caught.

"It was part of his wishes that we revisit this," she said. "He never got the chance."

This cold case has been a frustrating one for troopers because there was no evidence at the scene.

"There were some witnesses that we talked to that saw her walking down the road but there were no skid marks, no vehicle pieces or anything on the side of the road, said Trooper Hendrickson, with the State Highway Patrol.

He said it's very rare for there to be no evidence left at a scene of a hit and run. But Hendrickson said it is possible that someone hit Vickie and didn't realize it. Still, the driver who did this could face charges for leaving the scene of an accident.

Hendrickson said the only thing that can help crack this case is if someone comes forward with information. Her family hopes that will happen.

"We lost someone very close to us," DeLacerda said. "She's missed out on two grandchildren and a third one on the way. We just want closure."

If you have any information that could help investigators, call troopers at 910-296-1311910-296-1311. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-531-98451-800-531-9845. You don't have to give your name and you could get a reward of up to $5,000.

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