Man speaks out about wife killed in hit-and-run on Shipyard Boulevard


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man is speaking out about his wife who was killed in a hit-and-run late last week as police continue searching for the driver.

Wilmington Police said April Marie Daugherty, 24, was killed early Friday morning in a hit-and-run crash on Shipyard Boulevard. A police spokeswoman said they are looking for a black Mercedes CL 500.

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“April was somebody who could make you smile no matter what,” her husband Ryan Schoolcraft said. “She knew everybody.”

Ryan Schoolcraft is remembering the little things about his wife.

“She would go downtown all the time,” Schoolcraft said. “She would ride her bike.”

He said April was always riding her bike.

“That’s something she loved to do was ride her bike,” Schoolcraft said.

She was riding her bike even on her last day.

“We were moving in over here and April was grabbing a bike from storage to ride over here,” Schoolcraft said.

Schoolcraft said she decided to stop at a friend’s house.

“And stayed a little bit longer than expected,” Schoolcraft said.

Daugherty did not come home that night, but Schoolcraft said that was not unusual.

“She did that in the past,” Schoolcraft said. “She would go out and hang out with friends and stuff and I didn’t think anything of it.”

He said he did not realize something was wrong until she did not come home the next morning.

“I called 911 crying and they had a detective call me and verify it was her,” Schoolcraft said.

Wilmington Police said Daugherty was found lying on Shipyard Boulevard with a damaged bike around 2:00 a.m. Friday morning and the driver kept going.

“Turn yourself in man,” Schoolcraft said. “My wife was only 24-years-old.”

Schoolcraft said they had only been married for about three months.

“How long had you guys been dating before you got married?”
“Not even a full month, but when I met her 7-8 years ago, I knew she was the one,” Schoolcraft said.

Now, as Schoolcraft makes arrangements to say goodbye to his soulmate, he remains strong all because of her.

“She would have wanted me to stay strong, stay faithful in God and just pray that whoever did this is found and there is justice and closure for the family,” Schoolcraft said.

Wilmington Police said they are looking for a black mercedes CL 500. Meanwhile, Schoolcraft is planning a vigil and funeral for April.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help with funeral costs. Click here to see how you can help.

If you know anything about the crash, please contact the Wilmington Police Department.