Two people were killed in separate fatal accidents in Charlotte on January 9, with the local police investigating both occurrences.
In the first crash, a pedestrian was fatally struck in the center lane of the 4800 block of East Independence Boulevard just after midnight.
Officers from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department responded to the scene around 12:30 a.m. and found the victim unresponsive. They also found a damaged Honda Civic that was driven by 39-year-old James Edgar Benton.
Preliminary investigations indicated that Benton was going west in the center lane when he hit the pedestrian.
CMPD said it was not clear which direction the pedestrian was going in but the individual was wearing dark clothing and was not using a marked crosswalk.
The victim, who has not been named pending notification of their next of kin, passed away in hospital.
Benton sustained minor injuries. He is not facing any charges. Police said neither speed nor impairment factored into the crash and the pedestrian’s toxicology results were pending.
The second of the two fatal accidents in Charlotte happened around 9:30 p.m. Two cars collided in the 11300 block of Mount Holly Road.
Police said Christopher Scott White Jr. was traveling east in a 2005 silver Honda Accord when he lost control of the vehicle and crossed into oncoming traffic.
A Hyundai Sonata SE struck the Honda on the driver’s side, forcing it off the road and into a field. White was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Hyundai was driven by 33-year-old Laura Christine Weber. Her 14-month-old child was in a child restraint system and they were both taken to Atrium Main with minor injuries.
CMPD said Weber was wearing a seatbelt and she was not impaired. She was not charged.
However, police alleged that White was speeding and driving recklessly.
If your loved one died in a crash or you suffered injuries, you may be eligible for compensation. A North Carolina car accident lawyer can advise you in this regard.