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Tyrone Thomas | Family of 25-year-old Fayetteville man killed by drunk driver speaks out for first time since crash: ‘It hurts’

Tyrone Thomas | Family of 25-year-old Fayetteville man killed by drunk driver speaks out for first time since crash: ‘It hurts’

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WTVD) – It is impossible to imagine Gay Winbush’s pain.

She was on the phone with her son, Tyrone Thomas, on Tuesday evening when he was hit and killed by a man who police said was drunk.

“He just turned 25,” Winbush said. “His life was snuffed out for no reason. He was minding his own business and trying to say goodbye to his colleagues.”

Tyrone worked with his mother at the McDonald’s on the corner of Murchison and Country Club Roads.

He walked the same route home every evening, which took him about 10 minutes.

“TJ was just walking home from work,” Gay said. “He didn’t bother anybody, he was a good kid. He took care of his family. He was a good kid.”

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Fayetteville police said Tyrone was killed when he was struck by a red Volkswagen driven by 22-year-old Logen Harvey while attempting to cross Murchison Road.

Police said they had previously attempted to stop Harvey after noticing he was travelling at a high rate of speed, and eventually caught up with him a short distance away.

ABC11 cameras caught Harvey failing a breathalyzer test after the crash. He was charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence.

“You heard a loud bang,” said Kevin Zwicker, who works at the Circle K on Murchison Road. “You heard a gasp and within three to four minutes the whole street was lined with police.”

Gay called her son a jerk and said he was constantly “picking on” his little sister.

She urges people to inform themselves about the legal alcohol limit and think carefully before getting behind the wheel.

“The fact that I’ll never see him again,” Sydney said. “That hurts.”

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