Gaston & Catawba

Belmont hit-run probe continues

slyttle@charlotteobserver.com

Belmont police said today they are still investigating a fatal hit-and-run case late from Thursday night, and that the Gaston County District Attorney's office has not announced if charges will be filed in the case.

Belmont police Chief David James said his department will meet this afternoon with the DA's office to discuss the case. He said investigators were interviewing additional witnesses this morning.

Ronnie Gene Eudy, 40, a trucker who stopped to help another motorists who had been stricken with a stroke or seizure, was struck and killed by a vehicle late Thursday on the U.S. 74 bridge over the Catawba River. Eudy, of Charlotte, died early Friday from his injuries.

Belmont police say the driver of the SUV that struck Eudy and two other people was Charla Davis, 44, of Charlotte. She was interviewed by police Friday and released. James said Davis admitted to being the driver of the vehicle.

Eudy had stopped after Calvin Adams, 57, of Dallas, N.C., suffered a stroke or some other type of problem while driving eastbound on Wilkinson Boulevard. Eudy and two other people, Betty Faye Adams and Jerry Ames Leach, were struck by the vehicle. Betty Faye Adams was seriously injured. Leach's injuries were not serious.

Davis has been convicted of DUI four times, and police have been trying to determine if alcohol was involved in Thursday's wreck.

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