Juvenile killed in hit-and-run in west Charlotte

Published: Dec. 28, 2019 at 11:29 AM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A pedestrian was killed after being hit by a car in west Charlotte on Friday.

Officers responded to a call for service involving a bicyclist struck by a vehicle on Glenwood Drive at 5:40 p.m.

Upon arrival, officers located a young male in the roadway with life-threatening injuries. Medic transported the victim to Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased at 6:16 p.m.

Police say a witness observed a newer model, gray Honda Civic sedan driving west on Glenwood Drive after striking the bicyclist. The witness described the driver as a black male, possibly in his 20′s. The suspect vehicle was last seen turning onto northbound I-85 with the bicycle still underneath it.

At 7:20 p.m., the mother of the suspect driver called to report that her son had struck a pedestrian on Glenwood Drive earlier and wanted to turn himself him. According to police, the vehicle was recovered a short time later and was found to contain drug paraphernalia and to have been reported stolen.

Initial investigations revealed that the juvenile bicyclist was riding in the roadway in the 3900 block of Glenwood Drive near Hashem Drive. The suspect vehicle, a 2016 gray Honda Civic sedan was traveling west on Glenwood Drive and struck the bicycle.

Police say the juvenile was thrown onto the hood and into the windshield causing the bicycle to become stuck beneath the vehicle. The driver, Rodney Lycurgus McCorkle Jr., 19, traveled a short distance before braking. The juvenile then fell off the hood of the suspect vehicle and into the roadway. The suspect vehicle then continued on Glenwood Drive before turning onto I-85 North with the bicycle still stuck beneath it.

Rodney McCorkle
Rodney McCorkle(MCSO)

According to police, excessive speed and impairment are not suspected as contributing factors in this crash. McCorkle was arrested and charged with felony hit and run, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of stolen vehicle.

The victim’s name and age has not been released at this time.

This is an active investigation. More information to follow.

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