Police are searching for the driver of a black 2005 Nissan Murano that struck and killed a moped driver in the 3000 block of South Boulevard on Wednesday.
Police on Thursday identified the suspect as Elmer Galeas-Padilla, 23, and have obtained warrants charging him with felony hit and run and driving while his license was revoked.
Galeas-Padilla is wanted in connection with the death of Jefferson Davis James, 56.
James was traveling southbound on a moped about noon when the northbound Murano turned left onto New Bern Station Court and failed to yield to the moped, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Detective J.B. Reibold said. The moped struck the rear passenger door area of the Murano, Reibold said.
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James was later pronounced dead at Carolinas Medical Center.
His passenger, Charlene Simard, 50, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Reibold said.
The Murano’s driver continued onto New Bern Station Court and fled south on South Boulevard, Reibold said.
The Murano has a Texas license plate of DMP8296, chrome door handles, and rear tinted windows. The car will have damage around the rear passenger door area, Reibold said.
Police said Galeas-Padilla was on electronic monitoring through the U.S. Immigration Office. Galeas-Padilla cut off his ankle bracket Wednesday night and was last seen near Interstate 485 and Arrowood Road in Charlotte, police said.