Fatal Motorcycle Crash in the North Tryon Division

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Major Crash Investigation Unit are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash in the North Tryon Division.
CMPD Public Affairs

On Sunday, September 4, 2022, at 5:46 p.m., officers responded to a motor vehicle crash with injury in the 5300 block of The Plaza.  Members of the Charlotte Fire Department and Medic also responded to the scene.  When officers arrived, they located a motorcycle with damage and the motorcyclist, Charles Edward Whitfield (DOB: 08/13/1971), with serious injuries.  Upon Medic's arrival, Charles Whitfield was transported to Atrium Health Main. He was pronounced deceased at 6:13 p.m. due to injuries he sustained from the crash.


Detectives with the Major Crash Investigation Unit and Crime Scene Search responded to the scene to investigate.  The initial investigation revealed that Charles Whitfield was operating a 2005 Suzuki GSX1300 motorcycle east on The Plaza when he entered a curve in the roadway. The motorcycle lost control and ran off the road to the right, striking a curb and ejecting Mr. Whitfield. Charles Whitfield was wearing a Department of Transportation-approved helmet at the time of the crash and did not have a passenger. Excessive speed does not appear to be a contributing factor. Toxicology results are pending and will determine if alcohol impairment was a contributing factor to this crash. The family of Charles Whitfield has been notified of his death.  


The investigation into this crash is active and ongoing.  As additional information develops, it will be released by the CMPD's Public Affairs Office.  Any person who witnessed the crash or has information about this case is asked to call Detective Kupfer at 704-432-2169, extension 1.  The public can also leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.  For additional information about this case, please refer to the report: 20220904-1746-02.