14-Year-Old Bicyclist Dies After Being Struck By Car In Northwest Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte-Mecklenburg detectives are investigating the death of a 14-year-old bicyclist who was hit by a car in northwest Charlotte Sunday afternoon.

Officers responded to reports of a motor vehicle collision near the intersection of Freedom Drive and Berryhill Road shortly after 4 p.m. When they arrived, they found a 2004 Honda Accord and a bicyclist that had been involved in the collision.

After an initial investigation it was determined that the teen victim, Jaden Tyre Slade, stopped at the intersection on Berryhill Road at a red light and intended to cross Freedom Drive.

Slade was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. He died due to his injuries Monday, according to police.

The driver of the Honda, 81-year-old Arthur Parham, was traveling northwest on Freedom Drive, approaching the intersection of Berryhill Road with a green light for his direction of travel, officers report.

Parham told CMPD that Slade pulled in front of him and he could not avoid the collision. According to CMPD, Slade was crossing within a crosswalk but against the traffic signals and a pedestrian crossing signal indicating not to cross.

Police say speed and impairment are not factors in the crash. Parham was also uninjured during the incident.

The investigation into this collision is active and ongoing.

Anyone who witnessed or has information about the crash should contact Detective Oberer at 704-432-2169, extension 3. The public can also leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.