A hit-and-run driver who brought down a utility pole prompted Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police to close Tyvola Road just east of South Boulevard early Friday.
The crash was in the 1600 block, near the Smith Family Center.
The crash, which happened about 3:35 a.m., initially knocked out power to 1,300 homes and businesses, reported the Observer’s news partner WBTV. By 5:30 a.m., that number had decreased to around 250.
The driver of the vehicle ran from the scene on foot and had not been captured as of early Friday, officials said.
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Duke Energy expects to have power fully restored by 9:15 a.m.
Duke Energy's outage map offers online updates.