Crowley case timeline
April 7, 2012 - Joshua Crowley left a party on Antioch Church Road after an argument. He walked 1.8 miles. On Potter Road, he was hit by a 2011 Lexus SUV at about 10 p.m. The force threw his body 20 feet, coming to rest in an open field. The N.C. Highway Patrol estimated the Lexus was traveling about 58 mph in a 45 mph zone. Crowley died on the scene.
April 8, 2013 - Crowley’s body was found the next morning by a passing driver at 7:04 a.m. A couple who saw the Lexus swerve and then pull off the road the previous night saw police searching the area. They stopped to give investgators a description of the vehicle and the driver who got out to check the damage. Troopers asked the public for help finding the SUV.
April 10, 2012 - Troopers announced they had the Lexus and the driver’s identity.
April 11, 2012 - Trooper Randal L. Braswell submited his accident report. It listed Eugene Kennedy Ashcraft of Matthews as the owner of the Lexus SUV. Weddington High School student Tiffany Ashcraft was identified as the driver, and that charges were pending against her.
April 30, 2012 - Trooper R.L. Braswell applied for a search warrant on Ashcraft’s car. It was signed by District Court Judge Hunt Gwyn. The application stated it was part of an investigation that could lead to felony hit-and-run charges. Braswell states that he is looking for evidence of alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, receipts for alcohol-selling establishments, any empty alcohol containers, any and all electronic equipment from the Lexus that may contain data or evidence of of the crash and speed of the accident.
May 17, 2012 - News media reported that Crowley’s grandmother, Doris Hartis, said it was worrisome that charges were taking so long. The NCHP reported that Crowley’s blood alcohol level was .13. Ashcraft’s blood alcohol level at the time of the accident is unknown. She choose to not agree to questioning by investigators.
May 31, 2013 - The Enquirer-Journal reports that the NCHP was nearly ready to present case to the district attorney. No exact date was given.
June 5, 2012 - The Enquirer-Journal reports the Crowley case would be presented to the D.A. within two weeks.
Oct. 4, 2012 - The NCHP performed a headlight analysis the week prior. The results were compiled in a report for the D.A.’s office.
Oct. 8, 2012 - Crowley’s fiancé, Josh Carter, and family held a rally in front of the Union County Courthouse marking six months without charges being filed. NCHP said experts were performing an accident reconstruction would be complete within weeks.
Dec. 1, 2012 - The Enquirer-Journal reported the Union County District Attorney Pat “Trey” Robison gave the case file back to the the Highway Patrol for more investigation and interviewing. Sgt. Mark Leach said investigators were doing an “absolute thorough investigation” and that it takes time to piece together a hit-and-run accident timeline.
Jan. 12, 2013 - The case was referred to the N.C. Conference of District Attorneys, possibly because Robison worked for Ashcraft’s attorney, Ken Honeycutt, when Honeycutt was Union County District Attorney.