Eastway Division - Major Crash Detectives investigating a fatality in the 4100 block of Central Avenue


Sunday, May 13, 2018,

On Sunday, May 13, 2018, at 6:43 a.m., Eastway Division officers responded to the 4100 block of Central Avenue near Medallion Drive.  Upon arrival, officers located a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox that had struck a tree.  MEDIC arrived and pronounced the passenger, Jose Leal Gutierrez, deceased at the scene.  The driver, Erik Perales, was transported to CMC-Main with serious injuries. 

The CMPD Major Crash Investigation Unit and DWI Task Force responded to conduct an investigation.  The investigation determined the vehicle was traveling outbound on Central Avenue when it crossed a median into on-coming traffic.  The vehicle then ran off the roadway and struck a tree.  The vehicle was traveling above the posted speed limit of 35 MPH.  Seat belts were not in use at the time of the crash.  Alcohol impairment was not a contributing circumstance. 

The Magistrate issued a criminal summons charging Erik Perales with Misdemeanor Death by Vehicle and Reckless Driving.  The crash remains under investigation.  Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Gormican at 704-432-2169.


Event Number:  2018-0513-064300

Location:  4100 Central Ave.

Division:  Eastway

Crash Type:  Single Vehicle

Charges:  Pending


Driver #1

Erik Perales, HM, DOB: 01/23/1995  (Serious injury, no seat belt usage, no impairment)

Charges:  Reckless driving, Misdemeanor death by vehicle (pending)


Passenger, Vehicle #1

Jose Valdemar Leal-Gutierrez, H/M, DOB: 04/03/1996 (Deceased, no seat belt usage)



Vehicle #1

2010 Chevrolet Equinox