Driver being sought in deadly southeast Charlotte hit-and-run

(Ron Lee | WBTV)
(Ron Lee | WBTV)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A search is underway for a driver who struck and killed a man in southeast Charlotte Monday night.

The deadly hit-and-run happened in the 8500 block of Idlewild Road around 10 p.m.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said 21-year-old Harvey Lee Pettis IV was crossing the road to visit a friend when a the driver of a white pickup truck with a loud exhaust hit him.

Pettis was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries but died the next day.

Officers say the driver fled from the scene. The white truck has damage to the front end, possibly headlight damage, CMPD said. On Thursday, police said the person was likely driving a white Ford F-150, made between 2014 and 2015.

The truck also has dents, a lift, big tires, and mud in the fender areas. Police say the truck is also missing the passenger-side mirror and has damage to the bumper and hood.

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CMPD also said that the truck has dents and was last seen to have mud in the fender areas. The truck is appeared to have been raised up higher than factory height and has "big tires" and a "loud exhaust," according to police.

Police say the truck is missing the left side mirror and has damage to the bumper and hood. The truck was last seen traveling on Idlewild Road towards Margaret Wallace Road.

Idlewild Road was shut down in both directions for some time as crews cleared the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at 704-432-2169 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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