Fatal Hit and Run Crash Investigation in the North Tryon Division

Published on May 20, 2024

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Charlotte, N.C. – (Monday, May 20, 2024) – Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Major Crash Investigation Unit are investigating a fatal hit and run crash involving a pedestrian in the North Tryon Division.


On Sunday, May 19, 2024, at approximately 4:05 a.m., North Tryon Division officers responded to an assist medic call for service near the 4300 block of E. W.T. Harris Boulevard.  Upon arrival, officer located an unconscious pedestrian lying in the travel lanes of E. W.T. Harris Boulevard.  The Charlotte Fire Department and Medic also responded to the scene.  Medic pronounced the pedestrian, Mr. Wade Terrill Burch, 57, deceased on scene.


Detectives with the Major Crash Investigation Unit responded to the scene to conduct their investigation and members of Crime Scene Search responded to process the scene and collect physical evidence.  The preliminary investigation indicates Mr. Burch was attempting to cross E. W.T. Harris Boulevard when he was struck by a silver or gray sedan.  The driver of the vehicle fled the scene and was last seen traveling southbound on E. W.T. Harris Boulevard towards N. Sharon Amity Road.  Mr. Burch was not in a crosswalk at the time of the collision.


Mr. Burch’s next of kin has been notified of his death.


Detectives with the CMPD’s Major Crash Investigation Unit are requesting the public’s assistance with identifying the vehicle involved in this crash.  The vehicle may be a silver or gray 2020 to 2023 Toyota Corolla with damage to the front right bumper or front ride side of the vehicle.


The investigation into this crash is active and ongoing. As additional information develops, it will be released by the CMPD’s Public Affairs Division. Any person who witnessed the crash or has information about this case is asked to call Detective Sessoms at 704-432-2169, Ext. 3.  The public can also leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.  For additional information about this crash, refer to the report: 20240519-0405-02.




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