FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Contact: Jessica Wallin, CMPD Public Affairs
On Monday, April 4, 2016 at 5:12 p.m., officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s University Division responded to an injury crash in the 8000 block of Mallard Creek Road at the intersection of Keaton Avenue.
Keith Anthony Ricks was riding a 2011 Harley-Davidson motorcycle traveling southwest on Mallard Creek Road. A green minivan turned left from Keaton Avenue directly into the path of the motorcycle. The front of the van struck the back right of the motorcycle, causing the motorcycle and rider to fall to the pavement. The motorcycle and rider slid on the pavement into the opposing lane and was struck by a 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by Charyle Rita Pearson. Medic responded to the scene and pronounced Mr. Ricks deceased from the injuries he sustained in the collision. The green van sped away from the scene after the crash and turned right onto W.T. Harris Boulevard. It was last seen traveling southeast towards I-85. Detectives with the Major Crash Investigation Unit were called to the scene to conduct the investigation.
The family of Mr. Ricks has been notified of his death. Mrs. Pearson was uninjured in the crash.
This crash is an ongoing investigation. Department of Transportation cameras in the area captured the van as it fled the area (please see attached photograph). The suspect van may possibly be a 1992-1998 Mercury Villager or a similar van. The minivan will be dark green in color with a roof cargo rack, a tinted license plate frame/cover and has light gray wheel covers. The roof of the van is extremely faded. There may be damage to the front right corner, possible damaged corner light or parking light. The driver was described as a Hispanic male, no facial hair and dark, short hair.
Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or the Major Crash Investigation Unit of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department at 704-432-2169. Detective Oberer is leading the investigation.
Event Number: 20160404-171201
Location: 8000 Mallard Creek Road
Motorcyclist: Keith Anthony Ricks, Black Male, DOB: 02/25/1971
Vehicle: 2011 Harley Davidson Motorcycle
Driver 1: Unknown Hispanic Male
Vehicle: Green Minivan
Driver 2: Charyle Rita Pearson, Black Female, DOB: 04/22/1951
Vehicle: 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser