FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 29, 2016
Contact: CMPD Public Affairs
On February 29, 2016, at 2:36 a.m., Eastway Division patrol officers responded to a hit and run in the 4900 block of Central Avenue. Upon arrival, officers located an unresponsive male in the median. Medic arrived and pronounced the pedestrian deceased. The hit and run vehicle fled the scene on outbound Central Avenue towards N. Sharon Amity Road.
The CMPD Major Crash Investigation Unit responded to the scene to conduct an investigation. Shortly after the crash occurred, Luis Fernando Perez-Rivera called 911 to report that someone had moved his van from its parking space at 3407 N. Sharon Amity Road. Officers arrived and could not get anyone to come to the door. They located the Honda van with extensive damage parked at the building next door. The van was transported to CMPD headquarters to be processed by Crime Scene. Detectives were able to make contact with Perez-Rivera inside his apartment. Mr. Perez-Rivera agreed to come to CMPD headquarters to speak to detectives. After speaking with detectives, Luis Fernando Perez-Rivera was charged with driving while impaired, felony death by vehicle and felony hit and run.
At this time, speed and alcohol impairment appear to be contributing factors in the crash. The pedestrian was crossing Central Avenue near the entrance to an apartment complex. The area was well lit and there was not a marked crosswalk present.
The name of the pedestrian is being withheld pending family notification. Detectives are still actively investigating this incident. Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact Detective R.C. Gormican with the CMPD Major Crash Investigation Unit at 704-336-2677 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600
Complaint Number 2016-0229-023600
Location: 4900 Central Avenue
2002 Honda Odyssey
Driver #1: Luis Fernando Perez-Ramirez H/M 05/14/1981
Withheld Pending Family Notification