CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Myers Park High School student was hit and killed riding his bike to school Tuesday morning.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Drew Wright, a 14-year-old freshman, was riding on the sidewalk and lost control when he swerved to avoid trash cans. He was struck by a US Foods truck in the 2100 block of Sharon Lane near Providence Road just before 7 a.m. Tuesday.
He died on the scene from head injuries and was not wearing a helmet.
"The bicyclist began to wobble and lose control as he was attempting to maneuver past the trash cans that had been placed out for trash pick up," said CMPD in a statement. "The right handlebar struck a curbside rollout trash can that was sitting on the sidewalk, which caused the bicyclist to fall into the roadway."
Classmates at Myers Park say Wright always made people smile and was very involved in the drama club. He performed in the school’s musical, “Zombie Prom,” earlier this year.
Police reopened Sharon Lane and Arbor Way after CMPD's Major Crash Investigation Unit conducted the accident investigation late Tuesday morning.
Friends stopped by the road Tuesday leaving flowers and a note where the accident happened.
No charges will be filed against the truck driver, according to police.
"He was more involved than I am and I'm a senior," said choked up senior Dylan Nance. "It's crazy how outgoing he was."
"Drew was a sincere and genuine young man who was loved by his classmates," said the school in a statement. "He was an avid reader and although this was his first year at Myers Park, he was beginning to make his mark in the Theatre Arts department."
"Fellow drama students commented that Drew was a gentle soul; was always nice to everyone.
He never said anything bad or mean about anyone," the school added.