Case Update: Sunday, August 05, 2018,
The deceased driver has been identified as Richard Andrew Brandon Cox, W/M, DOB: 10-06-1987. His family has been notified.
Sunday, August 05, 2018,
On Sunday August 05, 2018, at 1:03 a.m., Eastway Officers responded to a vehicle wreck at 3713 The Plaza Road. Upon arrival, officers found a 2014 Volvo tractor trailer in the roadway that had been struck on the left side by a Ford Mustang which had continued traveling after impact into the front yard of 3716 The Plaza where it struck a tree and a parked 2013 Nissan Altima. The driver of the Ford was pronounced deceased on scene by Medic. Detectives with the Major Crash Investigation Unit, Crime Scene Investigators and DWI Task Force were called to the scene to conduct the investigation. The North Carolina Highway Patrol Motor Carrier Division was requested to respond to conduct the inspection of the tractor and trailer.
The initial investigation found that the Ford Mustang was traveling northeast on The Plaza when for some unknown reason it changed lanes from the outside lane to the inside lane and then struck the side of a tractor trailer, a 2014 Volvo, belonging to Ryder Truck Rental LT that was completing a wide right turn from Essex Street and heading southwest on The Plaza. After striking the side of the tractor trailer, the Ford continued into the front yard of 3716 The Plaza where it struck a tree and a parked 2013 Nissan Altima.
The driver of the truck, Edward LeJohntae Hamilton, immediately brought his truck to a stop after the collision. Mr. Hamilton remained on scene and was interviewed by detectives and screened for impairment. No impairment was detected for Mr. Hamilton.
Excessive speed and lack of seatbelt use are contributing factors of the crash for the driver of the Ford Mustang. The crash remains under investigation. Any person who witnessed the crash or has information about the case is asked to call Officer Jamieson at 704- 432-2169 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
The identity of the driver of the Ford Mustang is being withheld until Next of Kin notification can be made.
Event Number: 20180805-0103-01
Location: 3700 The Plaza Road