CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer reportedly hit a bicyclist on Tuesday morning.
According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, an officer was traveling west in a marked patrol SUV around 7 a.m. on Sunset Road near Kiev Drive when he entered a curve and heard a noise. The officer noticed damage to the mirror on the right side of the SUV and turned around.
The officer located a 23-year-old male bicyclist that had sustained minor injuries.
Medic was immediately requested and transported the bicyclist to Presbyterian Hospital with a possible arm/shoulder injury. The bicyclist is expected to be discharged from the hospital this afternoon.
Information gathered during the investigation indicates that the bicyclist was wearing all dark clothing and riding against traffic on an unlit roadway on a bicycle that was not equipped with any lights. The bicyclist was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.
Investigators say speed is not believed to be a factor in the crash.
NBC Charlotte spoke to neighbors who would like to see safety improvements made to the area.
On Tuesday, NBC Charlotte spoke to a father who says he doesn’t walk passed Kiev on Sunset Drive because there’s no sidewalk or any safe path for that matter.
“We avoid walking that way, we use the sidewalk going the other direction to go to the grocery store, we avoid walking that way again because we have a little ten-month-old daughter, it’s just too scary walking down that side of the road,” says Nathan Evans.
“If there were street lights, it would make people feel safer, people that walk home or that don’t have a ride or anything to get where they’re going, it would make them feel safer,” says Isaiah Walker, who walks frequently walks on Sunset Drive.
Police have not identified the cyclist.
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