***UPDATE*** Independence Division - Detectives investigating a fatality in the 7500 block of East Independence Boulevard

10/27/2018

‚ÄčCase Update: Saturday, October 27, 2018,

The pedestrian has been identified as Sierra Anitra Ratliff, DOB 5/18/2000.  Her family has been notified.

The crash remains under investigation.  Any person who witnessed the crash or has information about the case is asked to call Detective Oberer at 704- 432-2169 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.


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Saturday, October 27, 2018,

On Friday October 26th, 2018 at 8:36 p.m., Independence Division officers responded to an injury crash in the 7500 block of East Independence Boulevard where a pedestrian had been struck.  Upon arrival, officers found the pedestrian lying in the roadway unresponsive and several vehicles stopped at the scene.  Medic and the Charlotte Fire Department also responded to the crash.  The pedestrian was pronounced deceased on scene by Medic.  Detectives with the Major Crash Investigation Unit, Crime Scene Investigators, and officers from the DWI Task Force were called to the scene to conduct the investigation.

The initial investigation has revealed the pedestrian was attempting to cross East Independence Boulevard near the intersection of Krefeld Drive.  The pedestrian stepped into the path of a 2004 Lexus RX330 traveling west on East Independence Boulevard in the left lane.  The Lexus, driven by Charity Lachele Ross, struck the pedestrian on the front driver's side corner.  The impact vaulted the pedestrian into the eastbound lanes of East Independence Boulevard.  The pedestrian was then struck by a 2017 Honda Accord traveling east on East Independence Boulevard.  Following this impact, the pedestrian came to rest in the left eastbound travel lane of East Independence Boulevard.  The pedestrian was then struck by a 2016 Ford Focus, a 2016 BMW X5, a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, and a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro, all traveling east on East Independence Boulevard.  No drivers or passengers in these vehicles were injured.

The driver of the 2004 Lexus that initially struck the pedestrian immediately brought her car to a stop, activated her emergency flashers and called 911 to report the crash.  As she was speaking with 911, she was struck from the rear by a Ford Expedition. There were no injuries in this collision.

The pedestrian was wearing dark clothing and was crossing mid-block between side streets.  There were no marked crosswalks or pedestrian crossing signals in the area and the street is not well lit.

The crash is under investigation by the Major Crash Investigation Unit to determine if excessive speed contributed to the collision.  All drivers involved were screened for impairment on scene with no impairment detected for any driver. 

Any person who witnessed the crash or has information about the case is asked to call Detective Oberer at 704- 432-2169 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

 

Complaint Number:  20181026-2036-02

Location: 7500 East Independence Boulevard  

Division: Independence

 

Pedestrian / Decedent:  Identity pending Next of Kin notification

Injury:  Killed

Protection:  None

 

Vehicle 1:  2004 Lexus RX330

Driver:  Charity Lachele Ross, DOB: 8/31/1986

Injury: No Injury

Seatbelt:  Yes

Passenger(s):  None

 

Vehicle 2:  2017 Honda Accord

Driver:  Joselyn Cherelle Ford, DOB: 5/20/1994

Injury: No Injury

Seatbelt:  Yes

Passenger(s):  Shaheed Rushaad Gee, DOB:  07/27/1990

 

Vehicle 3:  2016 Ford Focus

Driver:  Teneia Iman Howie, DOB: 2/19/1997

Injury: No Injury

Seatbelt:  Yes

Passenger(s):  None

 

Vehicle 4:  2016 BMW X5

Driver:  Billy Ray Graves, DOB: 2/23/1963

Injury: No Injury

Seatbelt:  Yes

Passenger(s):  None

 

Vehicle 5:  2011 Chevrolet Cruze

Driver:  Dillon Michael Gardner, DOB: 8/10/1999

Injury: No Injury

Seatbelt:  Yes

Passenger(s):  Julian Valentine, DOB:  10/02/2002

Isabella Lee Maldonado, DOB:  8/11/2006

Cardier Valentine, DOB:  9/24/2013

Isabella Gardner, DOB:  2/15/2008

 

Vehicle 6:  2012 Chevrolet Camaro

Driver:  Christopher Daniel Terry, DOB: 8/15/1980

Injury: No Injury

Seatbelt:  Yes

Passenger(s):  Cheryse Terry, DOB:  10/30/1989

Jihad Terry, DOB:  1/17/2004


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