University City Division - Fatality in the 1300 block of Ridge Road

1/16/2019

Case Update: Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The driver of the motorcycle has been identified as Phillip Allen Reed, W/M, DOB: 07/25/1953.  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. 

Any witnesses are asked to call Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600 or Officer D. C. Buckley at (704) 432-6802

 

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

On Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 04:09 p.m.,  officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's University Division were dispatched to the 1300 block of Ridge Road in reference to a single vehicle crash. Upon their arrival the officers located a burgundy Harley Davidson motorcycle that had traveled off the road to the left and struck a guardrail. The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene by Medic.

Members of the Major Crash Investigations Unit, DWI Task Force, and Motorcycle Unit responded to conduct the investigation. Witnesses on scene stated the vehicle was travelling around a curve heading south-east on Ridge Rd at a high rate of speed. The rider failed to negotiate the curve and traveled left of center into the opposite lane of travel.  After crossing the center line, the rider applied his brakes, skidded, and laid the motorcycle down.  The rider was subsequently ejected off of the motorcycle and  struck the guardrail.

The victim's name will be released once his family has been notified.

Alcohol impairment is not suspected at this time. Excessive speed is suspected to be a contributing factor in this crash.   

This is an ongoing, active investigation.  As further information develops it will be released by CMPD Public Affairs. 

Any witnesses are asked to call Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600 or Officer D. C. Buckley at (704) 432-6802

 

CMPD Report number: 20190116-160902

 

Rider: Phillip Allen Reed, W/M, DOB: 07/25/1953

Status:  Deceased

Helmet: Yes

Vehicle:  2001 Harley Davidson XL1200 Sportster

 

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