Crime & Courts

Pedestrian dies from injuries after he was hit by CMPD officer in patrol car

Two and a half days after he was hit by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police car, 80-year-old Arnulfo Salazar died at Carolinas Medical Center on Sunday.

Salazar was crossing South Tryon Street near Moss Road in the rain on Thursday evening, around 6:15 p.m., when CMPD Officer Jeffrey Page hit him while driving a marked Chevrolet Caprice patrol car, police said.

Police said Salazar ran into the car's path from the median and was not in a crosswalk.

"After impact, Officer Page stopped immediately and began rendering aid until MEDIC arrived," a CMPD news release said.

Salazar was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, police said. Page, 27, was not hurt. He is now on paid administrative leave pending investigations into the incident, police said Monday.

Page is the third CMPD officer involved in a fatal crash in the past year.

Officer Phillip Barker was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle after his marked patrol car hit and killed James Michael Short, 28, on Morehead Street in July. Investigators found that he was driving 100 mph in a 35 mph zone at the time of the crash.

The other recent crash didn't involve a pedestrian. In August, then-Officer Warith Muhammad's marked patrol car collided with a 1992 Honda Accord driven by Lachandra Ciera McCorkle. McCorkle, 25, was killed.

Muhammad was not charged, and he was promoted to sergeant in February.

Jane Wester: 704-358-5128, @janewester
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