CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Alcohol is a suspected contributing factor following a deadly wreck involving a LimeBike bicycle earlier this month in uptown Charlotte, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.
The crash happened at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21 along the 100 block of E. Morehead Street.
Officers said a 2015 Honda SUV and a LimeBike bicycle had been involved in the wreck. Matthew Nicholas Hoffman, 40, who had been operating the bike, was taken to CMC with life-threatening injuries. He succumbed to his injuries on Sunday, Nov. 25.
The preliminary investigation indicates that the bicyclist, Hoffman, was traveling southeast on E. Morehead Street and began making a right turn into a public vehicular area at 108 E. Morehead Street. The driver of the SUV, Freweini Abraham Araya, 38, was also traveling southeast on E. Morehead Street directly behind the bicyclist.
According to police, as the bicyclist was making the right turn, he abruptly turned back left into the roadway and into the path of the Honda. Araya struck the bicycle and then struck a building at 108 E. Morehead Street. Speed and alcohol/drug use are not contributing factors for Araya, police said.
Alcohol use is a suspected contributing factor for the victim police said. Hoffman was also not wearing a helmet while operating the bicycle. This crash remains under investigation.