Fatal accident Friday night kills pedestrian

by: Catherine Bilkey Updated:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - While the weather has cleared up, there are still snow piles all over Charlotte. Friday night a man hit one, setting off a chain of events that ended in his death.

“I was just in shock,” neighbor Martha Harper said. “Now I’m even more in shock. Billy was a good neighbor.”

Harper heard about the accident Saturday morning from the victim’s family. Billy Ridings was her neighbor and tenant, and she watched as other neighbors dug his car out from the snow yesterday so he could take his Toyota Corolla from Clover to Charlotte. 

“He had got stuck up at the end of the road here,” Harper said.

Troopers say Ridings was traveling in the right lane of 485 back toward Clover when he struck a large portion of packed snow that hadn’t been plowed. He got out of his car near Morris Chapel and I-85 to flag down help, but was hit by a passing car. 

"I would like to think that the person that hit him had no other option,” Harper said. “I'm sure they didn't do it on purpose. We're just not used to this weather.”

It’s shaken drivers, who live and work nearby.          

“It is really sad,” driver Taylor Scruggs said. “But hopefully there won’t be anymore.”

Scruggs hopes the snow melts, and that people are careful until it does. She doesn’t want to see any more accidents like this. Ridings died at the hospital and leaves behind a wife and daughter.

“I just hope that his family, his wife and daughter, are doing OK,” Harper said.