Charlotte, N.C. – (Friday, October 15, 2021) - Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Major Crash Investigation Unit are investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred in the Providence Division.
On Friday, October 15, 2021, at approximately 7:06 a.m., Providence Division officers responded to the 5900 block of Fairview Road in reference to a motor vehicle crash. Upon arrival, officers located a 2006 Hyundai Sonata with damage to the passenger side door and a 2017 Kawasaki EX 650 motorcycle lying in the roadway. The driver of the Sonata, Dante Ybarra, DOB:10/26/1998, reported no injuries. The operator of the motorcycle, identified as Taylor Stutesman DOB: 12/16/1992, was transported to Atrium Health Main with life-threatening injuries. Stutesman was later pronounced deceased as a result of the injuries he sustained in the crash.
CMPD's Major Crash Unit has been assigned to investigate this crash. Preliminary evidence indicates that Ybarra was headed eastbound on Fairview Road. Ybarra began to make a left-hand turn to Piedmont Row Drive South from Fairview Road when he turned into the motorcycle's path. The motorcycle was traveling westbound on Fairview Road in the right lane of travel. The front of the motorcycle struck the passenger side of Ybarra's vehicle. The collision caused Stutesman to be ejected from the motorcycle.
Speed does not appear to be a factor for either party at this time. Ybarra was screened for impairment and was found not to be impaired. It is unknown if an impairment is a factor for Stutesman, but toxicology results are pending.
Ybarra was arrested and transported to the LEC for an interview with detectives. Following the interview, he was transferred to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office and charged with Misdemeanor Death by Motor Vehicle and Unsafe Movement.
The investigation into this collision is active and ongoing. As additional information develops, it will be released by CMPD's Public Affairs Office. Anyone who witnessed or has information about the crash should contact 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 20211015-0706-01.