Case Update: Friday, November 2, 2018,
Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Major Crash Investigation Unit are requesting the public's assistance in this hit and run vehicle collision fatality involving a pedestrian.
In the course of the investigation of this case, detectives have identified another vehicle of interest for this case. The vehicle is a black, dually quad-cab pickup truck and has either a damaged or missing fog light on the front, passenger's side of the vehicle. This truck has a chrome bumper and lights on the side-view mirrors; however, there are no clearance lights on the roof. Photos of the actual vehicle of interest are below.
Anyone who witnessed this crash or has information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or Detective Reibold at 704-432-2169.
Saturday, October 20, 2018,
On October 19, 2018 at 9:53 p.m., Hickory Grove Division Officers responded to a person down call for service in the 8800 block of Lawyers Road just before Morris Pond Drive. Upon arrival, officers located a pedestrian in the roadway that had been hit by a vehicle. MEDIC responded and pronounced the pedestrian, Eric Ryan Elsea deceased at 10:02 p.m. The vehicle that struck the pedestrian failed to stop at the scene. The CMPD's Major Crash Investigation Unit and the DWI Task Force responded to the scene to conduct an investigation. The preliminary investigation shows the pedestrian was walking on Lawyers Road towards Meadow Glen Drive from Morris Pond Drive. The pedestrian was walking towards traffic, but was not wearing any reflective clothing. The roadway does have overhead street lights, but this section of the roadway has no sidewalks or shoulder.
Detectives are searching for a white mid 2000s Ford F-350 dually quad cab with a tool box in the bed that may have been involved in this collision. Detectives are working to determine if speed is a factor in the crash. Alcohol appeared to be a contributing factor for the pedestrian.
This crash is being investigated by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Departments Major Crash Investigation Unit. We are seeking the public's assistance. The crash remains under investigation. Anyone who witnessed this crash or has information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or Detective Reibold at 704-432-2169.
NEXT OF KIN HAS BEEN NOTIFIED
Case Number: 20181019-215202
Location: 8800 Lawyers Road near Morris Pond Drive
Division: Hickory Grove
(Pedestrian/Victim): Eric Ryan Elsea, WM, DOB: 09/24/1984 (deceased)
Suspect driver: unknown
Suspect Vehicle: 2005 Ford F-350 dually quad cab