Charlotte, N.C. – (Monday, July 5, 2021) – The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Major Crash Investigation Unit is investigating a traffic fatality that occurred near the 2600 block of West Boulevard in the Westover Division.
Shortly before 11:40 p.m. on July 4, 2021, officers responded to reports of a hit-and-run motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian near the 2600 block of West Boulevard. When they arrived, officers found the pedestrian, Rinnell Curry, DOB: 08/15/1987, had sustained life-threatening injuries as a result of the crash. The victim was pronounced deceased, and her family has been notified of her death.
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. The initial investigation indicates the victim was standing away from her vehicle and in the roadway when a black 2013 Chrysler 300 struck her and then fled the scene. Detectives were able to obtain information on the vehicle and located the vehicle at the suspect's home shortly after the crash. This led to the identification and subsequent arrest of the suspect, Jody Yeldell, DOB: 01/26/1975.
Speed and alcohol appear to be contributing factors for the suspect. It is unknown if impairment is a factor for the victim, but toxicology results are pending. Yeldell has been charged with driving while license revoked, DWI, felony death by motor vehicle and felony hit and run.
The investigation into this collision is active and ongoing. As additional information develops, it will be released by CMPD's Public Affairs Office. Any person who witnessed the crash or has information about this case is asked to call Detective Buckley at 704-432-2169, extension 6. 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 20210704-2338-03.