Witnesses help police find suspect involved in fatal hit-and-run of motorcyclist

One person is dead following a hit-and-run crash involving a motorcycle Thursday night in Charlotte. 

CMPD said their Major Crash Investigation Unit responded at W Brookshire Boulevard and Interstate-77 northbound around 9:25 p.m.

CMPD says James Williams was riding a 2004 Harley-Davidson motorcycle traveling north on Brookshire Freeway towards I-77 with a group of other motorcyclists. He lost control of his motorcycle and laid it down on its right side. Williams separated from the motorcycle and slid on the pavement coming to rest in the prone position in the left travel lane.

The motorcycle came to rest out of the travel lanes to the left. A 2007 Ford F-150 driven by Anthony Houser drove over Williams. Houser did not stop and continued driving north on Brookshire, according to CMPD.

Medic responded to the scene and pronounced Williams deceased from the injuries he received from the crash.

CMPD says two witnesses in a vehicle behind Houser called 911 and followed him. The witnesses kept Houser in sight and relayed his direction to 911 operators. Houser turned onto I-85 south and entered Gaston Co. Gastonia Police conducted a traffic stop on Houser on I-85 south near exit 19. Houser was screened for impairment and subsequently arrested for driving while impaired. He was charged with death by vehicle and felony hit and run, according to CMPD.

This crash is an ongoing investigation.  Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 

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