Fatal Collision Involving a CATS Light Rail in the Steele Creek Division

7/27/2021

Charlotte, N.C. – (Tuesday, July 27, 2021) – Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Major Crash Investigation Unit are investigating a fatal collision involving a Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) Light Rail train that occurred near the 700 block of East Hebron Street in the Steele Creek Division.

Around 9:50 p.m. on July 26, 2021, officers responded to report of a collision involving a CATS Light Rail train and a motor vehicle.  When they arrived, officers found a 2017 Toyota Tundra and a LYNX Blue Line train which had been damaged as a result of a collision.  The driver of the Toyota, Baltazar Tiquiram Us, DOB: 04/12/1994, was pronounced deceased on scene by MEDIC.  His family has been notified of his death.  None of the four passengers aboard the Light Rail train reported injuries as a result of the collision; however, MEDIC did transport the front passenger of the Toyota to the hospital with serious injuries.

The CMPD's Major Crash Investigation Unit, DWI Task Force, Motor Unit and Crime Scene Search responded to conduct the investigation and collect physical evidence.  Their preliminary investigation indicates the LYNX Blue Line train was travelling southbound and passing East Hebron Street when the driver of the Toyota drove around the crossing arms and into the path of the Light Rail train, causing the collision.  The train operator sounded the horn while it was approaching the crossing, and the crossing arms' warning lights were operational and flashing.  Impairment is suspected for the driver of the Toyota, and toxicology results are pending.

The investigation into this collision is active and ongoing.  As additional information develops, it will be released by the CMPD's Public Affairs Office. Anyone who witnessed or has information about the crash should contact Detective Oberer at 704-432-2169, extension 3.  The public can also leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.  The report number for this case is 20210726-2150-01.

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