CMPD: Man lying in the middle of busy east Charlotte street hit, killed by SUV

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said a man was lying in the middle of the road before he was hit by a SUV Friday night in east Charlotte.

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Officers said a green Kia Sportage was traveling east in the right lane of The Plaza near Sweetbriar Street when the driver hit a man lying in the road just before midnight. The driver reportedly pulled into a nearby parking lot and called 911.

When officers got to the scene, officers said they found an unresponsive man lying in the roadway. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Plaza was shut down in both directions as investigators canvassed the scene.

After the initial investigation, detectives said the driver was not impaired, but they suspect the victim had been drinking.

The victim was later identified as 41-year-old Eric Lee White.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Det. Crum with the Major Crash Investigations Unit at 704-432-2169, Ext. 4.

This is an ongoing investigation. Check back with for updates.