Charlotte, N.C. – (Tuesday, February 18, 2020) -- On Monday, February 17th, 2020 at 11:01 p.m., Hickory Grove Division officers responded to the 8300 block of Harrisburg Road in reference to an unresponsive bicyclist on the roadway. Officers arrived and located a male and a damaged bicycle on the road. The reporting person was a motorist that discovered the male as they were driving by but did not see the crash. Medic and CFD responded to the scene and the bicyclist was pronounced deceased. Detectives with the Major Crash Investigation Unit, officers from the DWI Task Force and Motorcycle Unit, Crime Scene Investigators, and the Medical Examiner's Office responded to the scene to conduct the investigation.
The preliminary investigation revealed the bicyclist was traveling northeast on Harrisburg Road when he was struck from behind by an unknown vehicle. The driver failed to stop at the scene of the crash and fled the scene on Harrisburg Road. Vehicle debris collected at the scene determined the unknown suspect vehicle is a white 2005-2008 Toyota Corolla. The vehicle will have damage to the front right including a broken headlight and will be missing the passenger side front bumper cover. The vehicle may have damage to the hood and windshield.
This is an ongoing, active investigation. As further information develops it will be released by CMPD Public Affairs. Any witnesses to the crash, or anyone with information concerning the crash, should contact Detective Oberer at (704) 432-2169 or Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600. The public can also visit the Crime Stoppers website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.
The report number for this case is 20200217-230101.
Bicyclist: Franklin David Leal, DOB: 07/06/1995 (Family has been notified of his death)