Edward "Carl" Hedrick III

New York City, d. 1.May.2011, killed by hit and run driver


On May 1, 2011, Edward “Carl” Hedrick III, was fatally injured during a competitive bicycle race in Charlotte, N.C. He was there visiting his mother from New York City where he was employed as a bicycle messenger. 

Born Dec. 16, 1981, Carl was a 1999 graduate of Allegany High School. His lifelong love of cycling took him to New York City where he took to Manhattan’s fast paced streets delivering everything from high fashion clothing to feature length movies in pre-theatrical release. He recently participated in a travel channel special “Triple Rush,” which depicted the daily risk and passion that messengers have for their vocation.

Carl is survived by his father, Edward Carl Hedrick Jr., of Cumberland; mother Joni Dove Webster, of Charlotte, N.C., and sister, Lindsey Dove Hedrick, of Baltimore. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2011, in New York City, followed by a bike ride over the Williamsburg Bridge in which his many friends and fellow messengers will carry his bike and ashes over the bridge as they celebrate his spirit and ride in his honor. 

The Williamsburg Bridge was a part of his daily commute from Brooklyn to Manhattan where his love of NYC was strengthened by the view of the city’s skyline. He was loved deeply and will be forever missed. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Time's Up, P.O. Box 2030, New York, NY 10009 or by going online at http://times-up.org/ Please mark “In Memory of Carl Hedrick” on your check or online.

Former councilman’s son killed in hit, run

Cumberland Times-News, May 3, 2011

Former city resident Edward Carl Hedrick III, 29, was fatally injured in a hit-and-run incident Sunday in south Charlotte, N.C., according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Hedrick is the son of former Cumberland city councilman Ed Hedrick.

According to police, Hedrick was bicycling with two friends on Poindexter Drive at Lawndale Road when he apparently fell from his bicycle.

As his friends tried to get him off the road, a vehicle came down Poindexter Drive toward South Boulevard, failed to slow and struck Hedrick while he was on the ground. Hedrick’s friends tried to flag down the vehicle, but were unsuccessful.

Hedrick was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics following the 5:51 a.m., incident, police said.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Major Crash Investigations Unit is requesting the public’s assistance to locate the suspect vehicle — an older model, silver or light blue-colored, four-door vehicle, possibly a Toyota Tercel or Corolla.

The vehicle was last seen on Poindexter traveling toward South Boulevard. The suspect vehicle possibly sustained minor damage to the front end and undercarriage, police said.

A private reward in the amount of $1,000 has been established by CABA through the Charlotte Mecklenburg Crime Stoppers to be used as a reward for tips leading to the arrest of the hit and run driver who killed Edward “Carl” Hedrick early a.m. on May 1 on Poindexter Road near South Boulevard.  Crime Stoppers will pay up to an additional $1,000 for information leading to the closure of this case.  For details on the crash see: Charlotte Velo. Contact CMCS anonymously at 334-1600.

Word on the street Interview with Carl Hedrick here