A 40-year-old Charlotte, father of three, described as ‘a terrific leader’ with a ‘powerful’ spirit is mourned after authorities said a getaway driver killed him on Interstate 485 on Sunday morning.
Cedric Latrone Jacobs was riding a motorcycle when he was struck at approximately 8:50 a.m. on I-485 Outer Loop near mile marker 12. Mile marker 12 is near exit 12, Moores Chapel Road northwest of Charlotte.
Jacobs died during emergency surgery at a hospital that night, according to a Press release by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
Troopers are looking for the driver of a dark gray 2011-2012 Honda Accord suspected of hitting Jacobs.
The Honda struck the rear of a vehicle before swerving into the next lane and sliding Jacobs’ trike-style motorcycle, according to the Highway Patrol.
The collision threw the motorcycle into a concrete bridge wall, soldiers said. Jacobs was ejected after the bike flipped over several times before hitting mid-cables, officials said.
Soldiers believe the Honda driver may be from the Charlotte area, as the car had a Honda of Concord front license plate. Its entire front bumper will be missing, the soldiers said.
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of the Honda Accord is asked to call the H Highway Patrol Troop District 5 office in Huntersville at 980-224-6070.
Wife: He was a “people person”
Rayetta Jacobs described her husband as “a people person. He loved life, loved traveling, loved his family. He loved his wife.
She was 15 when they met, Rayetta Jacobs said. They were married for 13 years and had three boys, now aged 19, 17 and 11, she said.
“He was an awesome man, an awesome husband,” she told the Observer. “He was everything.”
led plasma donation center
Jacobs worked for 12 years in Charlotte Plasma Octapharmawhich operates 162 plasma donation centers nationwide, the company told the Charlotte Observer on Wednesday.
He ran the Octapharma Plasma Center on Reagan Drive near West Sugar Creek Road in northeast Charlotte.
Jacobs was among only four Center Managers nationwide to receive the lofty title of Senior Center Manager due to his outstanding performance and dedication, said Brian Robinson, regional manager for Little Rock-based Octapharma Plasma, Arkansas, to the observer.
That title reflected what a “tremendous leader” Jacobs was, Hewitt said. “He was full of energy, very committed.”
“Full of positive energy”
Jacobs called Robinson last Saturday and the two men spent an hour and 23 minutes discussing various topics, Robinson said.
“Rain, sleet or snow, he was always available,” Robinson said. “Always ready, so full of positive energy.”
“I never heard him say ‘no’ or ‘I can’t,'” Robinson said. ” ‘I’m going to get there.’ It’s who he is.
“I called him ‘Can-do’ because no matter what the request he did,” Robinson said. “‘I’ll take care of it,’ he would say, and he always has.”
Jacobs also had a laugh so infectious he made everyone around him laugh, and a great catcher with people, Robinson said.
A celebration of life is scheduled for Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Jacobs-run Octapharma Plasma location at 5108 Reagan Drive.
This story was originally published April 20, 2022 10:53 a.m.