Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision in the Freedom Division


Charlotte, N.C. – (Saturday, October 23, 2021) – Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Major Crash Investigation Unit are conducting a fatal motor vehicle collision in the Freedom Division.

On Thursday, October 21, 2021, at approximately 12:13 p.m., officers in the Freedom Division responded to the 9500 block of Mount Holly Road in reference to a motor vehicle crash involving a Charlotte Area Transit Systems (C.A.T.S.) bus.  Upon arrival, officers located a C.A.T.S. Bus with heavy front-end damage and a Mazda CX-5 SUV with severe front-end damage.  MEDIC responded to the scene and transported the driver of the Mazda, Derwin Lewis (D.O.B.: 06/16/1999), to Atrium Main with minor injuries.  His passenger sustained life-threatening injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene.  Next of kin has not been notified, and the victim's identity is held until notification can be made. 

Passengers from the C.A.T.S. Bus also sustained minor injuries and were transported by MEDIC to local area hospitals. 

Detectives with the Major Crash Investigation Unit, officers with the Motor Unit, DWI Task Force, Transit Unit, and Crime Scene Search responded to the scene to investigate.  The initial investigation has revealed that Mr. Lewis was traveling east on Mount Holly Road and was attempting to make a left turn to enter the on-ramp for I-485.  The C.A.T.S. Bus was traveling west on Mount Holly Road when Mr. Lewis turned left in front of the bus and failed to yield the right of way, forcing the bus to collide with the S.U.V.

Speed does not seem to be a factor for either party.  Mr. Lewis was screened for impairment and was found to be impaired.

Mr. Lewis was arrested and transported to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Law Enforcement Center for an interview with detectives.  Following the interview, he was transported to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office. Mr. Lewis has been charged with D.W.I., Felony Death by Motor Vehicle, and Failure to Yield the Right of Way.

The investigation into this collision is active and ongoing.  As additional information develops, it will be released by the C.M.P.D.'s Public Affairs Office. Anyone who witnessed or has information about the crash should contact Detective Buckley at 704-432-2169, extension 2.  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: 20211021-1213-02.