Freedom Division - Fatality in the 5200 block of Wilkinson Boulevard


Charlotte, N.C. – (Friday, December 13, 2019) -- The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Major Crash Investigations Unit is conducting a fatal hit and run investigation in the Freedom Division. On Friday, December 13, 2019 at 6:52 a.m., Freedom Division officers were dispatched to a crash in the 5200 block of Wilkinson Blvd. When officers arrived, they found a 2005 Volvo S40 with a male pinned underneath the vehicle and a 1999 Mercedes Benz E320, driven by Edwin Lewis near the scene. It was also determined that a third unknown vehicle was involved but had fled the scene prior to officer's arrival. The pedestrian, Carlington Jackson, who was pinned under the vehicle was pronounced deceased on scene.

The CMPD's Major Crash Investigations Unit, Motorcycle Unit, Mecklenburg Medical Examiner's Office and Crime Scene responded to investigate the crash.

The preliminary investigation shows that the unknown vehicle, possibly a Nissan being driven by a black female, was traveling West on Wilkinson Blvd in the middle lane. At that time, the victim was crossing Wilkinson Blvd just east of the intersection of Boyer Street. One driver indicated that they had a green light in their direction of travel when the pedestrian darted out in front of the unknown/suspect vehicle. The unknown/suspect vehicle struck the pedestrian causing him to land in the left lane of travel. While traveling in the left lane, the Mercedes struck the pedestrian before the Volvo which was also traveling in the left lane. The suspect vehicle who initially struck the victim fled the scene without leaving any information.

The area was poorly lit and the victim was in a crosswalk but according to a witness, he did not have the right of way.

Impairment and speed are not contributing factors for the Mercedes or Volvo.

It is unknown if impairment is a factor for the suspect vehicle or the pedestrian. 

This is an ongoing, active investigation.  As further information develops, it will be released by CMPD Public Affairs. This crash is being investigated by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Major Crash Investigations Unit.  Any witnesses to the crash or anyone with information concerning the crash, should contact Detective Daniel Buckley at (704) 432-2169 or Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600. The public can also visit the Crime Stoppers website at  The report number for this case is 20191213-0652-01.



Event Numbers: 20191213-0652-01

            Division: Freedom Division


Vehicle 1 Information: Unknown (Possible Nissan Altima)

            Driver: B/F 50 to 60 years old

Status: Unknown


Vehicle 2 Information: 1999 Mercedes Benz E320

Driver: Edwin Lewis

Status: No Injury


Vehicle 3 Information: 2005 Volvo S40

            Driver: Samaria Gorman

Status: No Injury


Pedestrian: Carlington Guy Jackson, DOB: 08/18/1977

Status: Deceased

            Next of kin has been notified