Crime & Courts

Police arrest driver suspected of killing pedestrian in west Charlotte

Jerry Lynn Helms
Jerry Lynn Helms Mecklenburg County jail

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police arrested a driver on Monday accused of hitting and killing a man in west Charlotte and then driving away.

Timothy Malcolm Cherry, 51, died after a Honda Pilot SUV hit him in the 3900 block of Freedom Drive at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday, police said.

With help from the Lancaster and Chester County, S.C., sheriff’s offices, police arrested 52-year-old Jerry Lynn Helms of Cramerton and charged him with felony hit and run. Helms was jailed on $20,000 bail.

Police said a witness told them a white SUV ran the red light on Ashley Road and turned left onto westbound Freedom Drive before hitting the pedestrian.

The SUV headed south on Interstate 85, police said.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak