Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are looking for the driver of a green minivan involved in a fatal wreck Monday (April 4) on Mallard Creed Road.
The collision was reported at 5:12 p.m. at the intersection of Mallard Creek and Keaton Avenue. Killed in the crash was Keith Anthony Ricks, 45.
According to a police report, Ricks was riding a 2011 Harley-Davidson motorcycle on Mallard Creek when a green minivan turned left from Keaton Avenue and struck the back, right side of the motorcycle, knocking Ricks to pavement. The motorcycle and rider slid into oncoming traffic and Ricks was struck by a 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
The van sped away and turned right onto W.T. Harris Boulevard, according to police. It was last seen traveling southeast towards I-85. Department of Transportation cameras in the area captured the van (photo below) as it fled the area.
Police said the van might be a 1992-1998 Mercury Villager, or some similar vehicle. It is dark green with a roof cargo rack, a tinted license plate frame/cover and has light gray wheel covers. The roof of the van is “extremely faded,” police said, and there may be damage to the front, right corner.
The driver was described as a Hispanic male, no facial hair and dark, short hair.
The driver of the PT Cruiser, Charyle Rita Pearson, 64, was uninjured.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or the Major Crash Investigation Unit of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department at 704-432-2169. Detective Oberer is leading the investigation.