Pedestrian killed in east Charlotte, police search for driver

Pedestrian killed in east Charlotte, police search for driver

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by DIANA RUGG / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on August 5, 2012 at 12:22 AM

Updated Saturday, Oct 26 at 5:14 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Nearly a day after an east Charlotte man was hit and killed by a car on Eastway Drive, police are still looking for the driver.

“This guy was crossing the road -- he set down,” said a witness named Mike, who didn’t want us to use his last name. “It was like 10 seconds. He had enough time to stop or change lanes because I said, ‘I hope he didn't get hit,’ and then he just got plowed.”

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police identified the man who died as Alvin Price, 54. 

Hayward Roberts lives on Howie Circle, a few houses down from the intersection where Price died.  He said he saw a man kneeling in the road about 45 minutes before Price was hit.

“There was a guy bent down on his hands and knees with his forehead on the ground, looking straight ahead,” said Roberts. He said the man got up and walked away before he could call police.

Sunday, Price’s mother and aunt don’t know why he would want to purposely get hit by a car, if that’s what happened.

“Sit down? What? Sit down in the middle of the road?” exclaimed Geneva Price, Alvin Price’s aunt. “That doesn’t sound like him. I don't think he would do nothing like sit down in the middle of the road!”

Their grief is compounded by the fact that the driver of the car that hit Price turned around to see what he had done.

“He made a u-turn,” said Mike, the witness. “Went down made another u-turn, and he slowed down and looked at the victim and took off again.”

“I knew that was WRONG,” said Geneva. “Somebody hit him and keep going.”

Haywood Roberts believes if Price tried to get hit on purpose, the driver might not have faced charges.  Now he most certainly will.

“If he had stayed, it would have been proven it wasn’t his fault,” said Roberts.  “Not only does he look guilty but that was a human life.. that man might not have died. He could have been saved.”

Police are still looking for the car – a red 2-door, wide-bodied sports car like a Pontiac TransAm or Firebird, or Chevy Camaro.  It will have damage to the front grille and headlight.   

Anyone with information should call Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police detective Kevin Allred at 704-336-8862, or CrimeStoppers at 704-334-1600.



 

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