Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision in the Providence Division


Charlotte, N.C. – (Tuesday, October 5, 2021) – Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Major Crash Investigation Unit are conducting an investigation into a fatal motor vehicle collision in the Providence Division. 

On Monday, October 4, 2021, at 2:39 p.m., officers responded to a motor vehicle collision with injury in the 4300 block of Randolph Road.  Members of the Charlotte Fire Department and Medic also responded to the scene.  When officers arrived, they located two vehicles – a 2001 International 4000 and 2002 Acura MDX both with heavy front-end damage.  The driver and passenger of the International were found on the scene of the crash with no injuries, while the driver and passenger of the Acura were located on the roadway with serious injuries.  Upon Medic's arrival, the driver of the Acura, identified as Christopher Hargrett, DOB: 07/17/1984, and passenger, identified as Eric Adams, DOB: 05/26/1967, were pronounced deceased due to injuries they sustained from the crash. Their families have been notified of their death. 

Detectives with the Major Crash Investigation Unit, officers with the DWI Task Force, and Crime Scene Search responded to the scene to investigate.  The initial investigation revealed that the Acura was traveling in the right lane inbound on Randolph Road when it veered to the left, passing through the left lane over the cement median and into oncoming traffic before striking the International head-on.  The Acura then spun 90 degrees causing the driver and passenger of the Acura to be ejected from the vehicle.  The driver and passenger of the Acura were both not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.  The driver of the International, Edwin Martinez, DOB: 09/27/1984, was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.  The passenger of the International, Jose Ramirez Avalos, DOB: 05/08/1984, was also wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Impairment and speed are suspected as contributing factors to this collision.

The investigation into this collision is active and ongoing.  As additional information develops, it will be released by the CMPD's Public Affairs Office.  Any person who witnessed the crash or has information about this case is asked to call Detective Kupfer at 704-432-2169, extension 1.  The public can also leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.  For additional information about this case, please refer to the report: 20211004-1439-05.