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Father of hit-and-run victim demands suspect face him in bond court

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Noe Castillo (Source: Cherokee Co. Detention) Noe Castillo (Source: Cherokee Co. Detention)
Troopers on I-85 South at Exit 92 (FOX Carolina/ Sep. 18, 2017) Troopers on I-85 South at Exit 92 (FOX Carolina/ Sep. 18, 2017)
Troopers on I-85 South at Exit 92 (FOX Carolina/ Sep. 18, 2017) Troopers on I-85 South at Exit 92 (FOX Carolina/ Sep. 18, 2017)
I-85 at Exit 92 (FOX Carolina/ Sep. 18, 2017) I-85 at Exit 92 (FOX Carolina/ Sep. 18, 2017)
GAFFNEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Cherokee County coroner said a Gaffney man died after being struck by a car as he was attempting to walk across I-85 early Monday morning.

The crash happened just before 3 a.m. near Exit 92 on the southbound side of the interstate. Troopers closed southbound lanes and began detouring traffic onto Peachoid Road while they investigated.

Coroner Dennis Fowler identified the victim as Damion Kintavis Franklin, 26, of  Riverbrook Drive.

"The vehicle that made contact with the victim did not stop and a search is currently underway to locate that driver,” Fowler said.

Fowler said Franklin died at the scene.

On Tuesday, troopers confirmed 46-year-old Noe Castillo was arrested in connection with the case and charged with hit and run resulting in death.

He was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center and appeared at a bond hearing on Wednesday.

During the hearing, the father of Damion Franklin spoke out.

"I want the defendant to turn around and face me," he said. "I want him to look at me. I want him to know what he took from me. He didn't just take my best friend, he took my son. He took everything I had to offer to this world he took that". 

Visibly emotional, Franklin's father said he wanted Castillo, who was denied bond, to remain behind bars.

"A year is not good enough," he said. "I want him to feel exactly what I'm feeling... I want his life."

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