Ivory Price is prepared for the range of emotions her 7-year-old daughter Naomi might show Thursday, which marks one year since her father died in a fatal hit-and-run crash in Myrtle Beach.
“She’s very smart at 7,” she said. “She hasn’t said a word this week, but I’m preparing myself for when she wakes up and realizes that it’s the date her father was killed.”
Andre Price, 46, was riding a motorcycle in Myrtle Beach May 22, 2013 when a van failed to yield right-of-way and hit him, according to Myrtle Beach police.
Andre Price was about to go through the intersection of U.S. 501 and Robert Grissom Parkway and had a green light, said Capt. David Knipes. A white panel work van that was northbound on U.S. 501 and turned left onto Robert Grissom Parkway when the crash occurred.
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Andre Price was wearing a helmet, but it came off during the crash. The van was described by witnesses as having a rack with a blue tarp on the top, dual doors and windows in the rear, Knipes said. Police have not found the van or it’s driver.
It’s a case Horry County Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard said she hopes is solved soon.
“I can’t in good conscience just let his death go,” she said.
Ivory Price, who lives in Danville, Va., said she wants closure.
“I just want justice,” she said. “Whatever they see fit, I’m OK with that. I don’t think someone should be able to take a life and that be it. Whatever is done, it won’t bring him back. But the person would be held responsible for their actions.”
She said the most difficult thing about her husband’s death is being strong for her daughter and witnessing her daughter’s pain.
“My daughter, she is taking it very hard and occasionally she’ll just break down and cry,” Ivory Price said. “Just out of the blue ... it hits her at any given time. It may be two or three weeks and she may not saying anything, then one day she’ll cry and say she misses her daddy or ‘I want to see my daddy.’”
Andre Price, who was from Lumberton, N.C., was adventurous, enjoyed being outside and loved driving his tractor trailer, his wife said. He also was a loving father.
Ivory Price isn’t making a trip to Myrtle Beach or his grave site in North Carolina for the anniversary in hopes of protecting her daughter. She said Thursday will be a difficult day.
“It’s hard,” she said. “It doesn’t seem like its been a year and I’m starting to feel the weight of it with the anniversary ... It’s like its happening all over again because nothing has come out of it.”
Anyone with information about the crash can call the Myrtle Beach Police Department at 918-1382.