Charlotte DOT employee charged in motorcyclist’s death last month

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – A Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT) employee who was involved in a fatal crash last month is now facing charges, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) says.

The incident happened in the 2300 block of Freedom Drive near West Morehead Street on August 9 shortly before noon.

Once at the scene, police located a Honda motorcycle and a Ford pickup truck. The CDOT-owned Ford van was driven by a CDOT employee.

According to CMPD, both vehicles were traveling east on Freedom Drive when the motorcycle merged left in front of the pickup truck, causing the truck to strike the rear of the motorcycle.

The motorcycle driver, identified as 81-year-old Patrick Carlos Ramia, fell off the motorcycle and was again struck by the truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say Morris Vanba Massalay, 68, was driving the CDOT van.

Massalay is charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision.

At the time of the crash, police said neither speed nor impaired driving were factors for either driver.

The CMPD says the investigation into the incident remains active and ongoing.

Related: One person killed after collision between motorcycle and CDOT pickup truck in West Charlotte

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