Wednesday, December 12, 2018,
On Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 4:39 a.m., Eastway Division officers responded to the 2900 block of Eastway Drive and Central Avenue in reference to a two motor vehicle crash call for service. Upon arrival, officers located a 2016 Subaru passenger car and a 2018 Chevrolet passenger car that had been involved in a crash. Larry Eugene Morrow, the operator of the Chevrolet, was pronounced deceased on scene. Marla Ann Sadowski, the operator of the Subaru, sustained injury and was transported to CMC Main (Atrium). There were no other passengers in each motor vehicle involved.
The preliminary investigation indicates that the Subaru, operated by Sadowski, was traveling north on Eastway Drive in the right hand lane of travel. As the Subaru approached the intersection of Central Avenue, a steady red light was showing on the traffic control lights for the Subaru's lane of travel. The Subaru entered the intersection with the steady red light and struck the Chevrolet, operated by Morrow, in the left driver's side door. At the time of the crash, the Chevrolet was traveling west in the left hand lane of travel of Central Ave with a steady green light. After the Subaru struck the Chevrolet, the Chevrolet rotated clockwise away from the Subaru into the south bound lanes of travel of Eastway Drive and came to a final resting position on the shoulder of the roadway. The Subaru continued out of control further north on Eastway Drive and came to a final resting position in the north bound lanes of Eastway Drive. During the investigation it was determined that Marla Sadowski was impaired due to the consumption of alcoholic beverages prior to operating the Subaru. Once Sadowski was released from the hospital she was transported to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department headquarters and interviewed by detectives with the Major Crash Unit.
Upon completion of the interview, she was transported to the Mecklenburg County jail and charged with Second Degree Murder and Driving While Impaired. Speed and alcohol are contributing factors in this crash. Both Sadowski and Morrow were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash and Morrow is believed to be not impaired at the time of the crash; however an alcohol test is pending.
The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Crum with the Major Crash Investigations Unit at 704-432-2169 Ext 4.
Event # 20181212-0439-02
Location: 2900 Eastway Dr/Central Ave
Division: Eastway Division
Crash Type: Two motor vehicles
Larry Eugene Morrow, B/M, DOB: 10/02/1954 (Deceased)
(Family notification has been made)
2018 Chevrolet passenger car
Marla Ann Sadowski, W/F, DOB: 04/27/1982 (Minor Injury)
2016 Subaru passenger car