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Charlotte DOT employee placed on leave after crash leaves 1 man dead

The crash happened on Freedom Drive and left the driver of a motorcycle dead.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police are investigating a fatal crash where a motorcycle collided with a Charlotte Department of Transportation vehicle.

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the crash happened on Tuesday around 11:11 a.m. on Freedom Drive near the intersection of Camp Greene Street.

Preliminary reports state that a 2020 Honda Monkey motorcycle merged into the lane of a 2011 Ford Super Duty pickup truck operated by a CDOT employee causing the vehicles to collide. The driver of the motorcycle, Patrick Ramia, 81, then fell off of his vehicle and was hit by the truck.

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Medic arrived on the scene and pronounced Ramia dead.

The driver of the truck, Morris Massalay, 68, was placed on administrative leave as CMPD continues to investigate this crash.

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No charges were filed against Massalay. Police say speed and impairment are not suspected factors in the crash by either driver.

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