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Charlotte driver involved in fatal hit and run was drunk, police say

Lecostia Patterson
Lecostia Patterson Mecklenburg County jail

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police say the driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash Thursday night on the 1500 block of Eastway Drive was intoxicated at the time.

The victim, who was on a moped, has been identified as Nga Van Nguyen, age 49.

The driver who collided with the vehicle and drove away has been identified as Lecostia Patterson, 30. He has been charged with felony death by motor vehicle and felony hit and run.

Investigators say they were called to the site at 10:42 p.m., and found one person dead near the intersection of Eastway Drive and Michigan Avenue.

The suspect vehicle was located not long after in the 600 block of Camrose Drive, officials said. The driver, identified as Patterson, was screened for impairment and arrested for driving while impaired. He was also transported to Carolinas Medical Center to have blood drawn.

Investigators say the accident occurred when Patterson turned left into the path of the moped. Patterson stopped his SUV, then immediately reversed back onto Michigan Avenue and fled the scene, officials said

The crash is under investigation by the Major Crash Investigation Unit of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Any person who witnessed the crash or has information about the case is asked to call Detective Oberer at 704-432-2169 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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