CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A dirt bike rider is dead after a dangerous series of events Sunday evening in west Charlotte.
Police said they received numerous calls and complaints throughout the day reporting several dirt bikes and ATVs driving recklessly on the streets of Charlotte.
Around 8 p.m., a woman told Charlotte-Mecklenburg police that a group of ATV and dirt bike riders surrounded her car outside a Bojangles restaurant on West Boulevard before ramming her car and assaulting her.
Minutes later, a CMPD officer on a dual-sport bike (a motorcycle designed for both on and off-road use) spotted the group of riders on West Boulevard near Interstate 77 and tried to initiate a traffic stop.
That’s when one of the dirt bikes ran off the right side of the road, hit a curb and then struck a concrete pillar.
The rider, 33-year-old Michael Adams, was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Officers said he was not wearing a Department of Transportation-approved helmet.
All the other riders sped away and were not caught.
According to CMPD, speed does not appear to be a factor in the crash. Police said there was no evidence that the CMPD officer’s bike made any contact with any dirt bikes or ATVs.
Internal Affairs is reviewing the crash and is looking at how the officer handled the situation.
The crash remains under investigation and any witnesses or anyone with information, including video, about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
Channel 9 has reported about the major efforts police have taken to make sure dirt bike riders stay safe on roads.
It is a problem we first started investigating in 2017.
Neighbors have caught riders on dirt bikes and ATVs running red lights, popping wheelies and standing up. Police said they are using new tactics, including their helicopter, to track these riders.
Community activists are trying to meet with young riders and recently invited them to participate in an anti-violence charity ride this month.
This is an ongoing investigation. Check back with wsoctv.com for more information.
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