Bicyclist Killed After Teen Speeds Through Intersection

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police say a bicyclist was struck and killed by a vehicle Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Johnston Road and Pineville-Matthews Road.

The driver of the car was traveling at a high speed when she entered the intersection. The driver, Ashleigh Nicole Elliott, 18, stated that she sped up in an attempt to enter the intersection before the traffic light turned red.

Elliott was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle.

Police said Elliott showed no signs of impairment.

Detectives are still working to determine if the traffic control signal was displaying red for the bicyclist or if he had the right of way and it was Elliott who ran the red light.

Any witnesses to this crash are asked to call Detective Steve Williams at 704-432-2169.