Pineville police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a motorist who died in a fiery single-vehicle wreck near Carolina Place Mall early Tuesday.
The unknown male was driving a four-door white Kia Sportage with an Illinois license plate when the vehicle crashed in the 9900 block of Leitner Drive, off Pineville-Matthews Road, police said. The wreck happened about 12:30 a.m.
“We are working in conjunction with the Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal’s Office and the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine a potential cause of the crash and to learn the identity of the driver,” police Lt. S.C. Copley said in a news release.
“We are following up leads and tracking down any possible security camera footage from surrounding businesses in the area,” Copley added.
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Police ask that anyone who knows someone who drives such a vehicle and to whom they haven’t spoken since early this morning call 704-889-2231.
The car was charred, wedged up against a tree later in the morning, according to WBTV, the Observer’s news partner.
Leitner Drive was closed through the morning rush hour as police investigated the wreck.