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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

It's been almost two weeks since a Madison county fisherman was killed after being hit by a vehicle on Highway 79 near Guntersville.

Keith Willoughby was hit on March 16th while crossing the road. Officials say the impact threw his body in Mill Creek. State Troopers say Robert Sporleder of Scottsboro was behind the wheel of the vehicle that hit Willoughby. 

Family members are looking for answers as to what led up to his death and whether or not charges will be filed. They've been in contact with law enforcement, but they said they have been getting conflicting answers. 

"This has not been easy at all, I have not slept too much and trying to understand what is happening and why not knowing the answers to a lot of questions," said Keith's mother, Evelyn Willoughby.  "It's hard to realize that he has been hit and as far as I heard the person didn't stop. There are a lot of conflicting answers."

There have been conflicting accounts of whether or not the driver stopped at the scene. 

Troy Whitaker was at the popular fishing spot the night of the accident. He met the family for the first time Friday afternoon and told them what he heard. He saw the driver traveling at a high rate of speed after the impact said he never stopped. He said people from the area know how often fisherman are there, and they know to look out for them. 

"They usually get over in the other lane if there is no oncoming traffic. This guy made no attempt; he just sped on and when he hit him, he just kept going and never slowed down," Whitaker said. 

State Troopers are conducting a traffic homicide investigation for the accident.  Trooper Curtis Summerville said there are some things they just can't say for now, but he did say officials are not looking at the case as a hit-and-run.   

"By standards of what we know we are not calling this a hit and run at this point, but as I said this is still an ongoing investigation things can change," Summerville said.   

Until the investigation is complete, Mrs. Willoughby said her tight knit family will keep each other strong.

"I just have to go on that and believe that it is still being investigated and trust in God that they will find the answers," she said. 

 As of now that driver is not facing any charges.  Summerville said that could change. Troopers have up to 45 days to conduct a report that they will give to the District Attorney of Marshall County, then they will determine if this case goes any further.

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