Freedom Division - Fatality in the 5400 block of Freedom Drive


Thursday, May 2, 2019

On Thursday, May 2, 2019 at  approximately 8:49 a.m., Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Freedom Division responded to the 5400 block of Freedom Drive in reference to a three-vehicle crash. Upon arrival, officers located a 2004 Chevrolet Venture and 2000 Ford Taurus in the northwest lane of Freedom Drive. There was also a 2006 Ford Econoline van with a Big Tex 70SR dual axel dump trailer in the southeast lane. One person was pronounced deceased on scene.

Detectives with the Major Crash Investigations Unit and CSS responded to conduct the investigation.

Witnesses on scene stated the Chevrolet Venture van was traveling northwest on Freedom Drive at a high rate of speed crossing into opposite lanes multiple times. The Chevrolet Venture van crossed the double yellow lines just before Lundy Lane and struck the Ford Econoline van head on which was traveling in the opposite direction. The Ford Taurus was unable to avoid the crash and subsequently struck the Chevrolet Venture after initial impact. The driver of the Chevrolet Venture was pronounced deceased on scene by Medic. The driver of the Ford Econoline was transported to the Atrium Health with serious injury. The driver and passenger of the Ford Taurus were transported by Medic to Presbyterian Hospital with minor injury.

Speed and impairment are suspected at this time for the driver of the Chevrolet Venture. The deceased was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

This crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600 or Officer D. C. Buckley at (704) 432-6802. 

Report number: 20190502084902

  • Vehicle #1 – 2004 Chevrolet Venture
  • Driver #1 – Ledane Leigh Poplin
  • Status – Deceased
  • Vehicle #2 – 2006 Ford Econoline
  • Driver #2 – George Lester Neely III
  • Status – Serious Injury
  • Trailer – Big Tex 70SR Dump Trailer
  • Vehicle #3 – 2000 Ford Taurus SE
  • Driver #3 – Atasha Nicole Doster
  • Status – Minor Injury
  • Passenger – Jada Wyna Jeeter
  • Status – Minor Injury