Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision in the University City Division


Charlotte, N.C. – (Thursday, September 2, 2021) - Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Major Crash Investigation Unit are conducting an investigation into a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred near the I-485 Outer Loop and Mallard Creek Rd.

On Sunday, August 22, 2021, at approximately 11:47 a.m., University City Division officers responded to the I-485 Outer Loop offramp at Mallard Creek Road in reference to a single motor vehicle crash. Upon arrival, officers located a 2017 Ford Explorer and with damage. The driver, identified as Peter Robert Demao, DOB: 06/16/1937, was transported by Medic to Atrium Health Main with serious injuries. There were no other occupants inside the Ford at the time of the crash.

On Wednesday, September 1, 2021, Demao was pronounced deceased due to injuries sustained in this crash. His family has been notified of his death.

The CMPD Major Crash Unit has been assigned to investigate this crash. The preliminary investigation revealed that the Demao was traveling on I-485 Outer Loop when he exited at Mallard Creek Rd. Demao traveled up the exit ramp and, at the split, continued straight into the grass median, entering the intersection of Mallard Creek Rd. After crossing the intersection, he struck a concrete barrier and rotated counterclockwise to the other side. The victim was wearing a seatbelt, and speed is not a factor; however, impairment is unknown, pending a toxicology test result.

The investigation into this collision is active and ongoing. As additional information develops, it will be released by CMPD's Public Affairs Office. Anyone who witnessed or has information about the crash should contact Detective Crum 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/. The report number for this case is 20210822-1147-01.