Video footage, car parts lead to ar­rest in fa­tal hit-and-run

The Charlotte Observer - - Front Page - — JOE MARUSAK

Po­lice ar­rested a 64year-old driver ac­cused of hit­ting and killing a pedes­trian on Cen­tral Av­enue in east Char­lotte and then driv­ing away.

The pedes­trian was pro­nounced dead at Atrium Health Cen­ter on Wednesday night, Char­lotte-Meck­len­burg po­lice said in a news re­lease. Po­lice said they will re­lease the pedes­trian’s name and age once his fam­ily is no­ti­fied.

Ngongo Elongo Musafiri was charged with felony hit and run and was freed on $ 3,500 bail, Meck­len­burg County jail records show.

Po­lice iden­ti­fied the sus­pected hit-and-run sedan “by car parts/de­bris and video footage,” ac­cord­ing to CMPD’s re­lease.

Of­fi­cers found Musafiri and the car in the 4300 block of Cen­tral Av­enue, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

The pedes­trian was hit just be­fore 6 p.m. Wednesday in the 4500 block of Cen­tral Av­enue, po­lice said. Musafiri was ar­rested about four hours later, jail records show.

The vic­tim was hit in the right west­bound lane, po­lice said.

“The driver of the sus­pect ve­hi­cle did not stop or call 911,” po­lice said in the re­lease. “A wit­ness to the crash at­tempted to fol­low the sus­pect ve­hi­cle but was un­able to safely iden­tify the lo­ca­tion of the sus­pect ve­hi­cle.”

Char­lotte ex­pe­ri­enced a record num­ber of pedes­trian deaths in 2018, as 28 peo­ple were killed while cross­ing city streets.

Wednesday night’s death was the third pedes­trian fa­tal­ity of the new year.

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