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Woman critically injured by hit-and-run driver in south Charlotte

Police are asking for the public’s help in finding the motorist who struck and critically injured a woman on N.C. 51 in south Charlotte early Wednesday.
Police are asking for the public’s help in finding the motorist who struck and critically injured a woman on N.C. 51 in south Charlotte early Wednesday. WBTV

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are asking for help in finding the motorist who struck and critically injured a woman on Pineville-Matthews Road in south Charlotte early Wednesday.

Police were called to the 4400 block of Pineville-Matthews Road near McPherson Drive around 1 a.m.

Officers said they found Jeanny Phara Lamartiniere, 19, lying in the roadway unresponsive. She was taken to Carolinas Medical Center, where she was in the intensive care unit with life-threatening injuries, police said.

WBTV, the Observer’s news partner, reported that Lamartiniere had left her car during an argument with a male passenger.

Police said a male witness who was with Lamartiniere reported that another car struck her then headed east on Pineville-Matthews Road toward Providence Road.

The vehicle was described as a burgundy, two-door older-model Nissan with a rear spoiler and dark, tinted windows. Police said the car is missing its driver’s side mirror and possibly has damage to the front quarter-panel on the driver’s side, turn signal and driver’s door.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or has information about the driver of the Nissan is asked to call Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Detective Andrew Oberer at 704-432-2169 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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