Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say charges are pending against the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a man early Monday morning on Monroe Road near Sardis Road North. The victim, a 62-year-old veteran and volunteer firefighter with the Waxhaw Volunteer Fire Department, was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to details released by police, the victim was halfway across Monroe Road when he was struck by a 2005 Nissan Quest. Police have charged the 52-year-old driver with misdemeanor death by vehicle and reckless driving. The preliminary crash investigation found ice on the vehicle, which police say may have obstructed the driver’s view and played a part in causing the fatal crash. It is not believed that alcohol or speed contributed to the accident.
Fatal Pedestrian Accidents
This was the sixth fatal pedestrian accident in Charlotte in the month of October, and the third death in just three days. Other fatal pedestrian crashes this month include:
- October 2: An 83-year-old woman was struck near the intersection of Pineville-Matthews and Arboretum Drive. She was rushed to the hospital, where she died the next day.
- October 16: A 59-year-old man was struck near the intersection of the 1300 block of the Plaza and Central Avenue. He died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.
- October 28: A pedestrian killed on the 3800 block of Billy Graham Parkway at the intersection of Morris Field Drive. The victim was hit by one car and then a second car. The second vehicle fled the scene. Police have not released any details about the victim.
According to a report just released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were almost 6,000 pedestrians killed last year, an increase of 9 percent from the year before. Pedestrian victims who survive their injuries are often left with long-term or permanent disabilities because of the extent of the injuries they sustain from the impact of being slammed into by a 4,000-pound vehicle.
Contact a Carolinas Accident Attorney
If your family member has been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact a North Carolina car accident attorney to find out what legal options there may be in order to obtain financial damages for the cost of those injuries.
Families who have lost a loved one in a pedestrian crash should consider talking with a North Carolina wrongful death attorney. Our N.C. injury firm has advocated for many families of victims killed because of the negligence or recklessness of another party and understand how devastating a loss like this can be.