Pedestrian killed on Monroe Road
A pedestrian was hit and killed early Monday on Monroe Road near Sardis Road North, prompting charges against the driver, said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.
The victim was identified as Daniel Wheeler, 62. Media outlets said Wheeler was a veteran and a volunteer firefighter who worked at a nearby McDonald’s.
Wheeler was the sixth pedestrian to die in a crash in Charlotte during the month of October and the third in as many days.
It happened at 6:08 a.m., in the 9800 block of Monroe Road, said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police. On arrival, officers said they found a 2005 Nissan Quest had struck Wheeler in the roadway. Medic staff pronounced him dead at the scene.
A preliminary investigation found the Nissan Quest was traveling southeast in the left lane of Monroe Road when it struck Wheeler, who was crossing mid-block. Wheeler was not in a crosswalk, police said.
Driver Grigory Vasil Kolesnik, 54, was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and reckless driving, police said. Detectives determined that ice on the windshield obstructed Kolesnik’s vision, contributing to the crash.
Alcohol and speed were not contributing factors, police said.
The Observer’s news partner WBTV reported the pedestrian was the employee of a McDonald’s restaurant at the corner of Sardis Road North and Monroe Road. The victim's family told WBTV he was crossing the street with other employees when he was struck. According to the victim's family, he was a veteran and a volunteer firefighter, WBTV reported.
A man identifying himself as the victim’s brother told TV station Fox 46 that Wheeler was a volunteer firefighter with the Waxhaw Volunteer Fire Department.
None of the six pedestrians killed in October crashes were walking in crosswalks. Three of the victims, including Wheeler, were older than 60.
Pedestrian deaths increased 9 percent nationwide in 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed on the roads, which was the highest total since 1990, the department said.