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Man fatally struck by light rail in south Charlotte identified

(Mark Davenport | WBTV) (Mark Davenport | WBTV)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

The man hit and killed by a LYNX Light Rail in south Charlotte early Friday morning has been identified by police as 48-year-old Shawn Darnell Davis.

Davis was found dead about 100 yards from the Archdale Station, just off of Pineville Road, around 2:38 a.m.

Police believe Davis walked onto the light rail tracks from the Archdale Drive platform. A few minutes later LYNX Light Rail Train 10 struck Davis. The operator said Davis was lying on the southbound tracks. 

His body was found by maintenance crews with the transit system when they were inspecting the tracks. The LYNX Light Rail operator did not see the victim in the tracks or know that she had struck the victim.

The Blue Line Service from the Interstate 485/South Boulevard station to the New Bern station was closed during the death investigation, according to the Charlotte Area Transit System. By 5:45 a.m. all service in the area was restored.

A bus bridge was in place from I-485 to the New Bern station, which started at 5:15 a.m.

Davis' body was removed from the tracks around 5 a.m., according to police.

Police tracked down the train operator and are reviewing surveillance video from the Archdale station loading area and from the light rail train. Police say Davis lived nearby but they don't know why he was walking on the tracks.

They believe he was using the blue line service at some point overnight before he was hit and killed. 

Officials with the Charlotte Area Transit System say an operator was taken out of service for drug and alcohol testing after the incident on the tracks, which is normal procedure after an incident on the tracks. The person operating the light rail train was conducting the last train heading southbound on the tracks Friday morning.

Any witnesses are being asked to call Detective Kevin Allred at (704) 432-2169.

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