Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision in the North Tryon Division

6/8/2021

Charlotte, N.C. – (Tuesday, June 8, 2021) - Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Major Crash Investigation Unit have charged Alejandro Gonzalez Vega, DOB: 07/26/1996, for his involvement in a recent fatal collision.

On Monday, June 7, 2021, at approximately 1:59 a.m., officers with the North Tryon Division responded to a single-vehicle crash near the 4900 block of North Tryon Street. Upon their arrival, they located a black 2007 Cadillac Escalade with extensive damage in the roadway. Medic and CFD responded and began to render aid to the two occupants of the vehicle.  Vega, who was identified as the driver, was transported to Atrium Health Main with minor injuries.   The passenger of the vehicle was pronounced deceased on the scene by Medic.  He has been identified as Ricardo Ramirez Gonzalez, DOB: 10/22/1997. His family has been notified of his death.

CMPD's Major Crash Investigation Unit, DWI Task Force, and Crime Scene Search responded to conduct the investigation. The initial investigation indicates that the Cadillac was traveling at a high rate of speed on N. Tryon Street towards E. Sugar Creek Rd. Vega lost control of the vehicle, ran off the road to the right, struck two power poles which caused the vehicle to flip. Evidence indicates that neither Vega nor Ricardo were wearing their seatbelts. Inside the vehicle, officers also observed several containers of alcoholic beverages. Vega was screened for impairment and determined to be impaired by alcohol. At that time, he was charged with DWI. After Vega was released from the hospital, he was transported to the Law Enforcement Center to be interview by detectives. At the conclusion of the interview, Vega was transferred to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office and additionally charged with Felony Death by Vehicle, Reckless Driving, and Driving While License Revoked.

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 Mercedes at 704-432-2169, extension 5. 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 20210607-0159-02.

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