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Police search for vehicle that struck man on Independence Boulevard ramp

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are searching for this burgundy Dodge Ram pickup in relation to a pedestrian who was struck early Friday.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are searching for this burgundy Dodge Ram pickup in relation to a pedestrian who was struck early Friday. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Police are searching for a vehicle suspected of hitting and severely injuring a pedestrian early Friday on the ramp from Independence Boulevard onto Charlottetowne Avenue.

The victim, 26, suffered life-threatening head injuries, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Detective Kevin Allred said. The victim’s name will be released once his family is notified, Allred said.

Doctors at Carolinas Medical Center indicated that the injuries appear to be related to the man being struck by a vehicle, Allred said.

About 3:15 a.m., a motorist spotted a body in the road as she drove past, Allred said. She called 911, circled around to return to the area and waited for MEDIC and the Charlotte Fire Department to arrive.

Police said they continue to view video from several traffic cameras near the crash and the direction the suspect vehicle would have traveled.

Allred said police said they want to speak to the drivers of two vehicles: a white two-door sedan with a sunroof and a burgundy Dodge Ram pickup with a bed cover.

Police said they believe the vehicle that struck the man would have only minor damage to the front right corner.

The vehicle would have been in the area of Seventh Street/Charlottetowne Avenue between 2:30 and 3:10 a.m., police said.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or has information that would help the investigation is asked to call Allred at 704-432-2169 or Crimestoppers at 704-334-1600.

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