Metro Division - Major Crash Detectives investigating pedestrian fatality

4/14/2018

Saturday, April 14, 2018,

On April 14, 2018, at 1:45 a.m., Metro Division patrol officers responded to a pedestrian crash in the 3600 block of Brookshire Boulevard near the intersection of Honeywood Avenue.  Upon arrival, officers located a motorcycle that had struck a pedestrian in the roadway.  MEDIC arrived and transported the pedestrian, identified as Roger Denzel Cuthberson Jr, BM, DOB: 09/30/1992 to Carolinas Medical Center Main where he was pronounced deceased as a result of injuries sustained from the crash.  

A witness who called 911 saw the crash and observed a black Mercedes Benz, NC registration PEH3786 initially strike the pedestrian and failed to remain at the crash scene.  The Mercedes Benz fled north on Brookshire Boulevard. 

The CMPD Major Crash Investigation Unit DWI Task Force responded the scene to conduct the investigation.   CMPD Officers located and arrested the driver of the Mercedes Benz, identified as Nakia Michelle Phillips, BF, DOB: 01/02/1987 at her residence. 

The preliminary investigation determined Nakia Michelle Phillips was operating her 2011 Mercedes Benz in the left lane of Brookshire Boulevard near the intersection of Honeywood Avenue and struck the pedestrian that was crossing the roadway after being involved in a domestic disturbance.  Jeffrey David Nelson WM, DOB: 02-15-90 was operating his 1987 Harley motorcycle traveling north on Brookshire Boulevard and struck the pedestrian who was attempting get up from the first impact. 

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Major Crash Investigation Unit have charged Nakia Michelle Phillips, BF, DOB: 01/02/1987 with Felony Hit & Run.  Mrs. Phillips was arrested and then transferred to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office. 

Speed and alcohol do not appear to be contributing factors for the drivers in this crash.  Detectives are investigating to determine of alcohol was a factor for the pedestrian.  The crash remains under investigation.  Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact Detective Reibold at 704-432-2169 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.


Complaint Number – 20180414-014500

Location: 3600 block of Brookshire Boulevard near the intersection of Honeywood Avenue

Division: Metro

Crash Type:  Vehicle vs. Pedestrian

 

Vehicle # 1:  2011 Mercedes Benz

Driver:  Nakia Michelle Phillips, BF, DOB: 01/02/1987

Injury: No Injury

Seatbelt:  Yes

Status: Charged

Impairment: No

 

Vehicle # 2:  1987 Harley motorcycle

Driver:  Jeffrey David Nelson WM 2-15-90

​Injury: Minor Injury

Restraint:  Helmet

Impairment: No

 

Pedestrian:  Roger Denzel Cuthberson Jr, BM, DOB: 09/30/1992

Injury:  Deceased

 

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