Pedestrian dies from hit-and-run injuries; driver charged

- A pedestrian was hit and later died in the hospital, according to CMPD.

Just before 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at 1:58 a.m., officers responded to the 3100 block of Queen City Dr. in reference to a hit and run call for service.

Upon arrival, officers found an unresponsive pedestrian, later identified as Michael Villasenor, in the middle of the road. Medic and Charlotte Fire responded to the scene. A witness who was walking with him stayed at the scene and spoke to police. 

Villasenor was taken to Atrium Health with life-threatening injuries.  

Officers were able to locate pieces of a 2004 burgundy Mercury Mountaineer that had reportedly left the scene of the accident and let other police in the area know. 

Officers then found a car with heavy right front quarter panel damage in the parking lot of the Econo-Lodge Inn and Suites, just down the street from the incident location.

The owner of the care, Robert Pilot, was located near the vehicle and a witness in the parking lot told police that he had seen Pilot get out the driver's side of the car.

Additional officers with CMPD's Major Crash Unit, DWI task force, and Crime Scene Investigations were called to the scene.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Pilot was driving north on Queen City Dr. when he hit Villasenor, who was walking north on Queen City Dr. After the pedestrian was hit, Pilot drove away from the scene and went to the Econo-Lodge.

Pilot was screened and found to be impaired at the time of the crash. It is not known at this time if the pedestrian was impaired, and speed is an unknown factor at this time.

Pilot was arrest and charged with DWI and felony hit and run.

On Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, police were notified that Villasenor succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 24.

On Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, officers charged Villasenor with felony death by motor vehicle and the suspect was arrested and taken to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s office.

This case is still being investigated by CMPD. Any witnesses are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or Officer Justin Kupfer at 704-432-2169.

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