CMPD Seeking Public’s Help To Find Vehicle Responsible For Fatal Hit-And-Run With Bicyclist

The Latest (2/14/2020):

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The CMPD’S Major Crash Investigation Unit is requesting the public’s assistance in looking for the vehicle that is possibly responsible for the fatal hit-and-run with a bicyclist.

The vehicle has been described as a 2015-2017 Honda Civic Coupe with front-end damage and a missing “H” emblem.

Anyone who sees or knows the whereabouts of a vehicle matching this description are asked to call Detective Justin Kupfer at 704-432-2169.

The public can also leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.

Original Story:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department released the name of the bicyclist who was hit and killed by a vehicle in east Charlotte. The driver is currently wanted for leaving the scene of the accident.

Officers responded to a 911 call that came in around 9 p.m. in reference to the accident which happened near the intersection of The Plaza and Anderson Street on Saturday, February 8th. The Charlotte Fire Department and MEDIC also responded to the scene.

According to the news release, upon arrival they located the bicyclist, who has been identified as 62-year-old Karim Abdul Akbar, unresponsive in the roadway. Police say Akbar was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

MEDIC pronounced Akbar deceased at 9:12 p.m., the news release said.

Officers with the Major Crash Investigation Unit, DWI Task Force and Crime Scene Search were called to the scene to conduct an investigation.

After a preliminary investigation, it is believed that the vehicle was traveling northeast on The Plaza, in the right lane, when it struck the bicyclist who was crossing the road. Akbar and his bike were then thrown off the roadway and came to rest in the grass near the sidewalk.

According to police, the driver of the vehicle failed to stop or notify emergency services of the crash. Police say speed was not a factory in the crash but detectives are working to determine if alcohol played a role.

The CMPD Major Crash Investigation Unit is actively searching for the involved vehicle. The case is being investigated as a Hit and Run Motor Vehicle Crash.

Any witnesses are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or Detective Justin Kupfer at 704-432-2169. The public can also visit the Crime Stoppers mobile app website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.