Man charged after motorcyclist dies in north Charlotte crash

Man charged after motorcyclist dies in north Charlotte crash
(WSOC)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said a man was killed after two vehicles and a motorcycle crashed in north Charlotte Saturday afternoon.

Officers were called to the scene around 3:40 p.m. on Sunset Road near Milhaven Lane.

Police said a truck was traveling west on the road when the driver didn’t slow down and struck the rear of a car. The car then spun through the median and into the eastbound lanes, where a motorcyclist was traveling.

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The motorcycle struck the passenger side of the car and the rider, 52-year-old Timothy Rice, was thrown from the bike.

Officials said Rice was not wearing a DOT-approved helmet. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

The people in the car were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the truck, 26-year-old James Brooks, was not hurt.

After investigating, Brooks was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to reduce speed.

Officers said while Brooks was not impaired, speed was determined to be a factor in the crash.

Sunset Road and Milhaven Lane were closed while officers investigated the scene.

No other details have been released at this point.

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