Freedom Division - Multiple fatalities in the 4600 block of Wilkinson Boulevard


Saturday, August 31, 2019

On Friday, August 30, 2019 at approximately 9:39p.m., officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Freedom Division responded to the 4600 block of Wilkinson Boulevard in response to a crash involving two motor vehicles.  Upon arrival, these officers located four unresponsive victims as well as two additional victims who both had minor injuries.  MEDIC arrived and pronounced the four unresponsive victims deceased at the scene.  The other two individuals were transported by MEDIC to Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center.  Detectives with the Major Crash Unit and officers with the D.W.I. Task Force responded to conduct the investigation.        

The preliminary investigation indicates that a 2001 Hyundai Elantra had been traveling east on Wilkinson Boulevard and was conducting a U-Turn at Fairhaven Street at the time of the crash. While executing the turn, the Hyundai was struck in the right rear door area by a 2016 Yamaha YZFR1 motorcycle.  The Yamaha had been traveling west on Wilkinson Boulevard in the left lane at a high rate of speed.  

The driver and sole occupant of the motorcycle, David Wooten, was pronounced deceased at the scene.  He had been wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.  Excessive speed is considered to be a contributing factor in this crash for Mr. Wooten.  It is currently unknown if he was impaired; tests results are pending.

The driver of the Hyundai Elantra, Dylan Glen Briggs, and the right front passenger, Jasmine Tayah Belush, both received minor injuries from the crash and were transported by MEDIC to the hospital.   All three passengers who had been seated in the backseat of the Hyundai were pronounced deceased at the scene.  They have been identified as Benjamin Vasquez, Claudia Leann Gray, and Hanna Michele Brotherton.

​This crash remains under investigation.  Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Crum with the Major Crash Investigations Unit at 704-432-2169 Ext4.  

The CMPD report number for this crash is 20190830-213901.



2016 Yamaha Motorcycle



Name-  David Robin Wooten, W/M, 03/19/1997 (Deceased)

Helmet- Yes

Impairment- Unknown, test results pending




Light Brown 2001 Hyundai Elantra



Name- Dylan Glen Briggs, W/M, 04/10/1997 (Minor Injury)

Seatbelt- Yes

Impairment- No



Name- Jasmine Tayah Belush, W/F, 08/30/1998 (Minor Injury)

Seatbelt- Yes



Name- Benjamin Vasquez, H/M, 12/18/1994 (Deceased)

Seatbelt- No



Name- Claudia Leann Gray, W/F, 06/08/1992 (Deceased)

Seatbelt- Yes



Name- Hanna Michele Brotherton, W/F, 01/21/1997 (Deceased)

Seatbelt- No