Driver charged after cyclist struck and killed

06/23/2014 5:32 AM

06/23/2014 6:54 AM

Police charged an S.C. driver with involuntary manslaughter, felony hit and run and driving while impaired after a bicyclist was struck and killed late Sunday on South Tryon Street.

Vung Vu, 46, was riding a bicycle south on South Tryon when he was struck by a 1996 Jeep Cherokee driven by Jonathan Henry Shaver, 39, of Clover, police said. Shaver also was traveling south.

Vu struck the windshield of the Jeep before being thrown to the ground, police said. MEDIC pronounced him dead at the scene shortly before midnight. Shaver was uninjured.

Police said Shaver didn’t stop at the crash scene but instead went home before calling 911 to report his involvement in the crash. Shaver voluntarily returned to the scene with Clover police.

Speed doesn’t appear to be a factor in the crash. Police said they also suspect Vu had consumed alcohol.

Any witnesses are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or Detective Steve Williams at 704-336-8862.

In other traffic news:

• A wreck with injuries was reported at Rama and Monroe roads at 6 a.m., police said. No details were available.
• A wreck with injuries was reported shortly after 7 a.m. at Rea Road and Ballantyne Commons Parkway.
• Due to recent weather, Blythe Construction has delayed the 32-hour continuous period when the Interstate 77 Exit 28 bridge in Cornelius will be closed to all through traffic.

Cars, trucks, bicycles and pedestrians will be barred from the bridge from 11:59 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Sunday, weather permitting.

The closure is needed for the exit’s conversion to a diverging diamond interchange.

During the closure, eastbound West Catawba Avenue motorists can turn right onto the I-77 South ramp toward Huntersville.

Westbound Catawba Avenue vehicles can turn right onto the I-77 North ramp toward Davidson.

I-77 South to Exit 28 traffic can turn right onto West Catawba Avenue heading westbound toward Torrence Chapel Road, while I-77 North to Exit 28 traffic can turn right onto Catawba Avenue heading eastbound toward U.S. 21.

Motorists approaching east or west of I-77 will be limited to right turns onto and off the interstate.

Detour signs will be posted.

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