Case Update: Thursday, April 18, 2019
The pedestrian has been identified as Derrius Leroy Kelly, DOB: 04/15/1991. His family has been notified of his death.
This is an ongoing, active investigation. As further information develops it will be released by CMPD Public Affairs.
Anyone who witnessed this collision or has information about this case is asked to call Detective Pressley at 704-432-2169 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
Thursday, April 18, 2019,
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Major Crash Investigation Unit is conducting a death investigation that occurred near the 300 block of Eastway Drive. On Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 at 9:14 p.m., North Tryon Division officers responded to a call for service regarding a pedestrian struck by a train on the tracks near Eastway Drive and North Tryon Street. Responding officers pronounced the pedestrian deceased. A detective with the Major Crash Investigation Unit, officers with the DWI Task Force, and Crime Scene Search responded to conduct the investigation.
The initial investigation has revealed that an unidentified black male was walking southbound across the railroad tracks and stepped directly into the path of an eastbound AMTRAK train traveling 74 miles per hour. The pedestrian was struck by the front center of the engine of the train. The engineer of the train, Scott A. Lynch, immediately brought the train to a stop. He saw the pedestrian walking toward the tracks just prior to impact and sounded the train horn and put it into emergency mode to bring it to a stop.
Impairment is a suspected factor in the collision for the pedestrian.
There is no evidence of the train operator contributing to the collision between the engine and the pedestrian.
The pedestrian's identity will be released once he has been identified and next of kin has been notified.
Any person who witnessed this collision or has information about this case is asked to call Detective Pressley at 704-432-2169 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
Location: 300 Eastway Drive
Division: North Tryon
Trespasser / Decedent: Unidentified
Engineer of Train: Scott A. Lynch (AMTRAK)