Pedestrian struck and killed on Brookshire Freeway

A pedestrian was struck and killed in a crash Tuesday night off Brookshire Freeway outside uptown Charlotte, officials said.

The wreck happened just before 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22 in the outer loop of Brookshire Freeway, just before the Interstate-77 ramp 5A. According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, the adult male victim was taken to the hospital where they later died. Their name has not yet been released.

CMPD's initial investigation revealed that a 2017 Kia Sorento and a 2012 Nissan Maxima were traveling northwest on Brookshire Freeway in a posted 50 mph zone in the far-left lane of travel.

The pedestrian was walking along a poorly lit area of Brookshire Freeway, in the roadway, with his back to oncoming traffic, they said. 

A pedestrian was struck and killed on Brookshire Fwy, just before the I-77 NB ramp, exit 5A.

The driver of the Kia slammed on her brakes but was unable to avoid striking the pedestrian who was walking in her lane of travel. The Kia was then struck from behind by the Nissan, police said.

Both drivers and the one passenger who had been riding in the Kia remained at the scene and were interviewed by detectives.

Neither excessive speed nor impairment appear to be contributing factors in this crash for either of the drivers. Impairment for the pedestrian is not known at this time, CMPD said. This section of the Brookshire Freeway is not marked or controlled for pedestrian crossing.

This crash remains under investigation. 

Brookshire Freeway was shut down between Tryon Street and Interstate-77 due to the wreck. It was reopened just before 12:20 a.m. Wednesday.