SUV plummets over I-485 bridge onto I-77 below, killing driver

The Interstate 485-77 interchange.
The Interstate 485-77 interchange.

A Charlotte man was killed just before 1 a.m. Tuesday when the SUV he was driving careened off a bridge over Interstate 485, onto Interstate 77 below, according to multiple media outlets.

The man lost control of the vehicle on the flyover bridge and drove off the road, reported the Observer’s news partner WBTV. His vehicle then fell onto I-485 Outer, which is below the loop ramp, according to reports.

The driver was ejected onto I-485 Outer, but the vehicle continued over the rail and down onto I-77 South, where it landed over a guardrail, WBTV reported.

Charlotte TV station WSOC reported the driver was traveling on the Outer Loop of I-485 from South Tryon Street trying to get on the off-ramp to I-77 northbound. He was speeding, went airborne, then plummeted over the bridge, the station reported.

The driver was identified as 48-year-old Robert Kite of Charlotte. He died at the scene, media outlets reported.

No one else was hurt or killed in the crash. The interstate was closed for nearly three hours.