Bicyclist struck and killed by hit-and-run driver in south Charlotte

Published: May. 1, 2011 at 2:00 PM EDT|Updated: May. 31, 2011 at 2:00 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Carl Hedrick's mom says cycling was her son's passion and she calls his death senseless.

Hedrick was struck and killed Sunday around 5:51 a.m. on Poindexter Drive at Lawndale Road in south Charlotte.

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the 29-year-old was hit by a driver in a light blue or silver colored older-model Toyota Corolla or Tercel.

Hedrick was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics around 6 a.m.

Two cyclists who were riding with Hedrick said he fell off his bike prior to the accident.

They were trying to get Hedrick out of the road and attempted to flag down the driver of the car. Police said the car struck Hedrick and continued driving.

The fatal hit and run occurred in front of Nick Perry's home.

"I came outside and saw police cars, crime tape, bike parts, a belt, shoes, earrings... the dude's hat. It was gruesome, pretty violent scene," Perry said.

Police said the two men riding along with Hedrick did all they could to stop the car.

The location where the accident occurred was about one block away from where the three cyclists were heading.

The car was last seen on Poindexter Drive heading toward South Boulevard. Police say it may have damage to the front end and undercarriage.

On Monday, officers said they're analyzing pieces of the car left at the scene and reviewing traffic cameras on South Boulevard.

They're asking anyone who might've been in the area around 6:00 am to call police.

If you know who the driver may be, call CMPD Detective Kevin Allred Major Crash Unit at 704-432-2169 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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