Charlotte, N.C. – (Monday, October 10, 2022) – Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Major Crash Investigation Unit are investigating a fatal pedestrian crash in the Central Division.
On October 9th, 2022, at approximately 07:01 p.m., officers in the Central Division responded to the 200 block of S Cedar Street in reference to a pedestrian versus vehicle crash. Upon arrival, officers located a 2013 Van Hool Commuter Coach bus with a pedestrian pinned underneath the vehicle. CFD responded and extracted the pedestrian and who was then transported by Medic to Atrium Main with serious injuries. The pedestrian, Destiny Vazquez (DOB: 01/05/2003), was later pronounced deceased from the injuries sustained in this crash.
The CMPD Major Crash Unit, DWI Task Force, and Crime Scene Search responded to conduct the investigation. The preliminary investigation showed that the victim was in the crosswalk and had the right of way while crossing W 4th Street. At the same time, the driver of the bus, Dominique Massey (DOB: 03/05/1987) proceeded into the intersection after having a green light and attempted to turn on to W 4th Street where the pedestrian was crossing in the crosswalk. The pedestrian was then struck and pinned underneath the bus. The bus had no other occupants on board. Speed and impairment do not appear to be factors for Ms. Massey and toxicology results are pending for the victim in this case. Next of kin has been notified.
The driver of the bus was charged with Failure to Yield the Right of Way and Misdemeanor Death by Motor Vehicle
The investigation into this crash 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 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/. For additional information about this case, please refer to the report: 20221009-1901-01.