CMPD: Driver Faces Charges In Fatal South Charlotte Hit-And-Run

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte-Mecklenburg detectives say a Honda driver is facing charges for his involvement in a fatal collision in south Charlotte where he fled the scene.

Detectives got warrants for Maynor Garcia-Zelaya on Friday, the Honda driver, that will charge him with Felony Hit & Run, Misdemeanor Death by Motor Vehicle, and Driving While License Revoked for his involvement.

Officers say they initially responded to the collision between the Honda Civic and a motorcycle on Monday, June 28th around 9 p.m. on South Tryon Street.

The motorcycle driver, 35-year-old Clifton Chapman, was seriously injured and taken to a local hospital following the crash.

Garcia-Zelaya failed to stay at the scene and fled in his car, according to a news release.

Officers say they were able to identify the suspect and his vehicle the following day on June 29th.

Detectives say as a result of their investigation they determined that Chapman was heading north in the right lane of South Tryon Street, when the Honda Civic pulled out of a parking lot in front of Chapman, causing him to strike the left side of the Honda Civic.

Garcia-Zelaya did not call 911 or stay at the scene following the collision, according to a news release.

Detectives say Chapman died on July 7th due to injuries sustained in the crash and warrants for Garcia-Zelaya’s arrest were issued the following Friday.

The investigation into this collision is active and ongoing.

Police ask anyone with more information to call Detective Crum at 704-432-2169, extension 4, or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.