Pedestrian struck by hit-and-run driver dies at hospital

A 28-year-old pedestrian died at a hospital, five days after a hit-and-run driver struck him on a north Charlotte road, police said.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

According to a police news release, Tommie Lee Ruffin was hit in the 5100 block of Reagan Drive late Saturday by the driver of a burgundy mid-sized SUV, possibly a Nissan Rogue. That’s near Interstate 85 and West Sugar Creek Road.

Ruffin was the fourth pedestrian to die in Charlotte this month. Charlotte experienced a record number of pedestrian deaths in 2018, as 28 people were killed while crossing city streets.

The driver who hit Ruffin pulled into the parking lot of a Royal Inn and walked over to the pedestrian lying in the road, police said in Thursday’s news release. The driver then returned to the SUV and drove away. He was last seen traveling toward North Graham Street, police said.

Ruffin died at Atrium Health Wednesday night, according to the police news release.

The SUV has luggage roof rails and damage to the front bumper, headlight, hood and possibly the windshield, police said.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police on Thursday released surveillance photos of the SUV.

Anyone with information is asked to call CMPD Detective Andrew Oberer at 704-432-2169 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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