North Tryon Division - Detectives investigating a fatality in the 4200 block of Shamrock Drive


Sunday, October 28, 2018,

On Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 7:12 p.m., officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's North Tryon Division responded to a traffic crash in the 4200 block of Shamrock Drive involving a single vehicle and a pedestrian in a wheelchair.  Upon their arrival, officers located a 1995 Chevrolet Silverado Van with left front corner damage in the roadway with a pedestrian lying in front of the vehicle.  A damaged wheelchair was also located in the roadway.  MEDIC and the Charlotte Fire Department also responded to the crash.  The pedestrian was transported to Carolinas Medical Center with serious injuries.  Officers with the DWI Task Force, Crime Scene Investigators, were called to the scene to conduct the investigation.

The initial investigation has revealed that the driver of the Chevrolet van, Mr. Reginald Sutton, was traveling northwest on Shamrock Drive.  As Mr. Sutton approached the intersection of Crestmont Drive, the pedestrian, Mr. Michael Ellis, attempted crossing Shamrock Drive.  The driver of the Chevrolet van did not see the pedestrian, who was in a wheelchair, and struck the wheelchair, with the front left corner of his vehicle, as it crossed the roadway.  The pedestrian was thrown from the wheelchair onto the roadway.  The driver of the Chevrolet van exited the vehicle to check on the pedestrian and call 911.  The pedestrian was transported to Carolina's Medical Center with serious injuries.  The pedestrian later succumbed to his injuries while at Carolina's Medical Center.

Mr. Sutton was screened for impairment on scene with no signs of impairment detected.

The pedestrian was in a wheelchair and was crossing mid-block between side streets.  There were no marked crosswalks or pedestrian crossing signals in the area.

Speed or alcohol are not contributing factors in this crash.

This is an ongoing and active investigation.  Any person who witnessed the crash or has information about the case is asked to call Officer Jamieson at 704- 432-2169 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.


Report Number – 20181027-191200

Location: 4225 Shamrock Drive

Division: North Tryon


Pedestrian / Decedent:  Michael Ellis, Black/Male, DOB: 12/22/1956

Injury:  Killed

Protection:  None


Vehicle 1:  1995 Chevrolet Silverado Van

Driver:  Reginald Sutton, Black/Male, DOB: 03/06/1963

Injury: None

Seatbelt:  Yes