Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision in the Metro Division


Charlotte, N.C. – (Monday, October 11, 2021) – Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Major Crash Investigation Unit are conducting a fatal motor vehicle collision in the Metro Division. 

On Monday, October 11, 2021, at approximately 2:46 a.m., officers responded to the 600 block of NC Music Factory Blvd in reference to a single-motor vehicle crash. Upon arrival, officers located a gray 2016 Ford F150 that was overturned and off the roadway to the right of the eastbound travel lanes. The operator of the F150,  Mario Fernando Juarez, DOB: 10/29/1990, was located on scene and pronounced deceased by Medic. There were no additional occupants in the F150.

Detectives with the Major Crash Investigation Unit and Crime Scene Search responded to the scene to investigate.  The preliminary investigation revealed that Juarez was operating the Ford F150 traveling eastbound on NC Music Factory Blvd when the Ford traveled off the roadway to the right as it entered a slight left-hand curve. When the Ford exited the roadway, it struck a light pole and a utility pole a short distance further to the east. After hitting both poles, the Ford continued east and subsequently struck an end-cap to a steel guardrail. When the Ford struck the guardrail, it overturned onto its roof, ejecting Juarez from the vehicle.

Impairment and speed are contributing factors to this crash. Juarez was also not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. At this time, it is believed no other motor vehicles were involved. 

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: 20211011-0246-01.