Charlotte, N.C. – (Monday, January 30, 2023) – Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Major Crash Unit are investigating a fatal crash involving a pedestrian in the University City Division.
On Sunday, January 29, 2023, at approximately 1:56 a.m., officers responded to the 2400 block of West W. T. Harris Boulevard in reference to a motor vehicle crash call for service involving a pedestrian. Upon arrival, officers located a 2012 Ford F-450 tow truck and a pedestrian. Medic arrived on scene and pronounced the pedestrian deceased. The driver of the truck, Marcus Stewart (DOB: 5/12/1983), did not sustain any injuries and remained on scene.
Detectives with the Major Crash Investigation Unit and Crime Scene Search responded to the scene to conduct their investigation. The preliminary investigation revealed that the pedestrian was crossing the travel lanes on West W T Harris Boulevard, when he was struck. The pedestrian was not in a crosswalk or near an intersection. And, lighting conditions in the crash location were dark and the pedestrian was wearing dark clothing. The pedestrian victim has been identified as Freddy Kasongo (DOB: 03/25/1975). Mr. Kasongo's family has been notified of his death.
The driver of the truck was screened for impairment and was found not to be impaired at the time of the crash. Impairment for the pedestrian is unknown at this time.
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 Worthy at (704) 432-2169, extension 4. The public can also leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/. For additional information about this crash, please refer to the report: 20230129-0156-00.