Panhandler Hit And Killed Off Of I-77 Ramp

CHARLOTTE, NC– A man hit and killed on an I-77 exit ramp was panhandling.

It happened around 11 Tuesday morning near the Nations Ford exit. Troopers say a driver pulling a trailer gave the man money. The trailer struck the panhandler as the driver was driving away.

Panhandling on the side of the road is illegal. But police say the law is difficult to enforce.

“A lot of times it’s a money maker for them. So the allure to do it far outweighs any of the consequences.”

That driver isn’t facing charges tonight. Police say you shouldn’t give roadside panhandlers money because it puts them in danger and can cause accidents.