Police ID dead student

The victim of Wednesday night's pedestrian fatality in east Charlotte was a 16-year-old Independence High School student, police said Thursday.

Robbie Tucker, who would have been a senior this year at Independence, was walking home after visiting a friend's house when he was struck and killed about 9 p.m. in the 7900 block of Plott Road in Charlotte's Hickory Grove community.

Friends and relatives said Thursday that Tucker was only a few minutes from home when he was hit while walking along a curve in the road.

No charges have been filed against the 24-year-old driver of the 1987 GMC pickup truck that struck Tucker, who police say was walking with traffic on the two-lane road.

There was no sidewalk on the portion of the road where Tucker was struck, about a half-mile south of Plaza Road.

“He was just an outstanding kid, and I just can't believe that he's gone now,” his mother, Veronica Monzote Moss, told the Observer's news partner, WCNC-TV. “One minute they're here, and the next minute they're gone. I don't know how I'm going to deal with this.”

WCNC-TV contributed.