Central Division - Traffic Fatality in the 400 block of West Morehead Street


Tuesday, November 27, 2018,

On Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 3:28 p.m., Central Division officers, along with Off-Duty traffic officers working the Panther's game, responded to the 400 block of West Morehead Street in reference to a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian. Fire and Medic responded to the scene, and transported the pedestrian, Diane Babinec, to Atrium Health with life threatening injuries.

A member of the DWI Task Force was first on scene. The preliminary investigation indicated that the pedestrian was crossing West Morehead Street several feet behind her husband, when she was struck by a 2012 Chevrolet SUV traveling east in the left travel lane.

The driver of the Chevrolet SUV was screened for impairment, and none was detected. Speed does not appear to be a factor in this case. Alcohol use by the pedestrian is unknown at this time.

On Monday, November 26, 2018 at 12:21 p.m., the pedestrian succumbed to her injuries resulting from the crash. She was pronounced deceased at Atrium Health. Her next of kin has been notified.

This crash remains under investigation by the Major Crash Investigation Unit. Any witnesses to the crash or with information concerning the crash should contact Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600 or Officer M.R. Pressley at (704) 432-2169.


Report Number: 20181125152800

Incident Type: Pedestrian vs. vehicle traffic fatality

Division: Central Division


Pedestrian: Diane Babinec

                      White Female

                      DOB: 05/21/1945

                      Status: Deceased


Driver: Brooklyn Nicole Kogod

              White Female

              DOB: 08/23/1999

              Seatbelt: Yes

              Status: Uninjured


Vehicle: 2012 Chevrolet SUV