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Police identify suspect in fatal hit-and-run of moped driver

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are searching for a black 2005 Nissan Murano with a Texas license plate that struck and killed a moped driver on South Boulevard Wednesday
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are searching for a black 2005 Nissan Murano with a Texas license plate that struck and killed a moped driver on South Boulevard Wednesday CHARLOTTE-MECKLENBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT

Police are searching for the driver of a black 2005 Nissan Murano that struck and killed a moped driver in the 3000 block of South Boulevard on Wednesday.

Police on Thursday identified the suspect as Elmer Galeas-Padilla, 23, and have obtained warrants charging him with felony hit and run and driving while his license was revoked.

Galeas-Padilla is wanted in connection with the death of Jefferson Davis James, 56.

James was traveling southbound on a moped about noon when the northbound Murano turned left onto New Bern Station Court and failed to yield to the moped, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Detective J.B. Reibold said. The moped struck the rear passenger door area of the Murano, Reibold said.

James was later pronounced dead at Carolinas Medical Center.

His passenger, Charlene Simard, 50, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Reibold said.

The Murano’s driver continued onto New Bern Station Court and fled south on South Boulevard, Reibold said.

The Murano has a Texas license plate of DMP8296, chrome door handles, and rear tinted windows. The car will have damage around the rear passenger door area, Reibold said.

Police said Galeas-Padilla was on electronic monitoring through the U.S. Immigration Office. Galeas-Padilla cut off his ankle bracket Wednesday night and was last seen near Interstate 485 and Arrowood Road in Charlotte, police said.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or has information about Galeas-Padilla’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or Reibold at 704-336-3229.

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