Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision in the North Tryon Division

11/19/2021

Charlotte, N.C. (Friday, November 19, 2021) - Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Major Crash Investigation Unit are investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred in the 700 block of Atando Avenue.

On Friday, November 19, 2021, at approximately 8:37 a.m, officers with the North Tryon Division responded to the parking lot of 701 Atando Avenue in reference to a single-motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian. Upon arrival, officers located an 18-wheel truck and trailer with its operator, Silvio Ocampo, and the victim, identified as Jose Danilo Guerra-Mejia, DOB: 12/08/1975. Medic arrived on scene and transported Guerra-Mejia to Atrium Health Center Main with life-threatening injuries. Shortly after his arrival, Guerra-Mejia was pronounced deceased from injuries sustained in this incident. His family has been notified of his death.

The CMPD Major Crash Unit, NC Department of Labor, and NC State Highway Patrol - Commercial Motor Carrier Unit was contacted to conduct an investigation. The preliminary investigation shows that Ocampo arrived at 701 Atando Avenue to deliver a trailer. After detaching the trailer, Ocampo moved the tractor to the opposite side of the business in order to attach another trailer for delivery. Once Ocampo arrived at the second trailer, he began to back the tractor up to the trailer and struck Guerra-Mejia, who was removing a security device underneath the trailer. It is believed that Ocampo did not know Guerra-Mejia was in the area or underneath the trailer. Speed and impairment are not contributing factors in this crash. Currently, there are no pending charges; however, this investigation remains active.

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 Crum at 704-432-2169, extension 4.  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: 2021-1119-0837-01.

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