Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision in the Freedom Division


Charlotte, N.C. – (Sunday, May 23, 2021) – Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Major Crash Investigation Unit have charged Rico Spurlock, DOB: 03/12/1976, for his involvement in a fatal crash.

On Thursday, April 22, 2021, at approximately 8:23 p.m., Freedom division officers responded to the 6300 block of Rozzelles Ferry Road in reference to a vehicle collision call for service. Upon arrival, officers located a white 2018 Chevrolet Impala and a grey 2000 Nissan Frontier in the roadway. The driver of the Chevrolet, identified as Spurlock, was transported by Medic with life-threatening injuries.  Mark Brown, DOB: 10/31/1961, was identified as the driver of the Nissan and was also transported by Medic to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. On Monday, May 17, 2021, Brown was pronounced deceased at Atrium Health Center Main due to the injuries sustained in this crash. His family has been notified of his death.

The Major Crash Investigation Unit has taken over the investigation of this case. The results of the investigation show that the Chevrolet was traveling west on Rozzelles Ferry Road and crossed the center double yellow dividing line subsequently striking the Nissan head-on. Both vehicles rotated off of each other and came to a final resting position within the roadway. During the investigation, it was found that Spurlock was operating the Chevrolet while impaired. Spurlock was also operating the vehicle in a careless and reckless manner. Speed and impairment are contributing factors in this crash for Spurlock and there were no contributing factors for Brown. Neither Spurlock nor Brown was wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

On Friday, May 21, 2021, detectives with the Major Crash Unit obtained arrest warrants against Spurlock for Felony Death by Motor Vehicle, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Felony Serious Injury, Reckless Driving, and Speeding.

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 Crum at (704) 432-2169 Ext #4.  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 2021-0422-2023-02.