Case Update: Saturday, February 2, 2019,
The pedestrian in this case has been identified as Eric Lee White, DOB: 10/04/1977. His next of kin has been notified.
This is an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact Detective Crum with the CMPD Major Crash Unit at 704-432-2169, Extension 4 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
Saturday, February 2, 2019,
On Friday, February 1, 2019 at approximately 11:54p.m., Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Eastway Division responded to the 3700 block of The Plaza in reference to a motor vehicle vs pedestrian crash call for service. Upon their arrival, the officers located an unresponsive male in the right lane of the eastbound travel lanes of The Plaza who had been struck by a vehicle and a 2007 Kia Sportage parked in a nearby parking lot that was involved in the crash. MEDIC responded and pronounced the pedestrian deceased at the scene. The driver of the Kia Sportage, Gena Lucia Forence Ariana Morton, did not sustain any injuries. Detectives with The Major Crash Unit responded to conduct the investigation.
The preliminary investigation indicates that the pedestrian was lying in the roadway in the right lane of travel of The Plaza when he was struck by the Kia Sportage. The Kia Sportage was traveling east on The Plaza in the right lane of travel. After striking the pedestrian, the Kia Sportage stopped in a parking lot and the driver called 911. The driver of the Kia, Gena Lucia Forence Ariana Morton, was wearing her seatbelt and was not impaired. Furthermore, Detectives have determined that speed was not a factor in this crash. Alcohol use is suspected for the pedestrian and test results are pending. The name of the pedestrian will be released once his family has been notified of his death.
The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Crum with the Major Crash Investigations Unit at 704-432-2169 Ext4.
Report number: 2019-0201-2354-00
Name- Gena Lucia Forence Ariana Morton, W/F, 06/09/1978 (No Injury)
Light Green 2007 Kia Sportage (SUV)
Name will be released once his next of kin have been notified of his death.