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23-year-old pedestrian dies in Independence Boulevard crash

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are continuing to investigate a pedestrian death involving a five-car crash on Independence Boulevard early Saturday.

The pedestrian, a 23-year-old man, was struck by several vehicles and died at the scene. CMPD will release the man’s identity after contacting his family.

CMPD officers responded at 3:42 a.m. to a call about a crash involving several cars and a pedestrian. The crash happened in the left lane of westbound East Independence Boulevard in the 2100 block, police said in a release.

The man was trying to cross Independence from north to south in an area marked as “no pedestrian crossing,” police said.

When the pedestrian stepped into the left lane, he was hit by a Jeep and was thrown forward into the center lane, police said, where he was struck by other vehicles. Four other cars crashed, but none of the drivers was hurt.

The driver of one of the cars, a Volkswagen Jetta, ran away from the scene after hitting a concrete barrier.

The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Officers do not suspect speed or alcohol was a factor in the crashes.

Westbound lanes of Independence Boulevard were closed for a few hours early Saturday as a result.

CMPD’s Major Crash Investigation Unit is investigating the case. Officers ask that anyone with information about the crash call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or Detective Steve Williams at 704-336-8862.

Ruebens: 704-358-5294; Twitter: @lruebens
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