Mint Hill Police were dispatched to the 6300 block of Lebanon Road at 2:47 this morning to find a man lying in the middle of the road.  Medical personnel pronounced him deceased at approximately 2:57 am.  It appeared that he had been struck by a vehicle, which had left the scene.

The MHPD Crash Investigation Unit and Criminal Investigation Division are investigating this case.  They are not releasing the victim’s name, as the family has not yet been notified.  Police are asking anyone who has information relevant to the investigation, or who has noticed damage to the front of a vehicle that may look suspicious, to contact MHPD at 704-545-1085.

Update (8/16/12 11:19 am):  The victim has been identified as Jeffrey M. Hardin, 23, of Mint Hill.  He was walking against traffic east on Lebanon Road when he was struck.  Investigators believe the car was not speeding.  The investigation continues, and anyone with information is encouraged to call the MHPD.