Wednesday, August 28, 2019
On Sunday, August 25th, 2019 at 1:58 a.m., Independence Division officers responded to a two vehicle crash involving injuries in the 8700 block of East Independence Blvd. Medic and the Charlotte Fire Department also responded to the crash. Officers arrived to find a 1997 Toyota Camry with heavy damage to the rear that had come to rest in the center grass median. The driver and four passengers were trapped in the vehicle. Officers also located a 2013 BMW M5 with extensive front end damage that had come to rest in the median as well. Both drivers and all passengers were transported to the hospital for treatment. Two of the rear seat passengers of the Toyota suffered serious injuries and were considered life-threatening. The driver of the BMW was suspected of being impaired. The DWI Task Force was requested and responded to the hospital to conduct the investigation into impaired driving. As a result, the driver of the BMW, Dang Danh Hai Ngo, was charged with Driving While Impaired, Felony Serious Injury by Vehicle, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Reduce Speed.
The initial investigation revealed the BMW driven by Dang Ngo was traveling inbound on East Independence Blvd at a high rate of speed. The BMW struck the Toyota Camry from behind which was also traveling inbound on East Independence Blvd. After impact, both vehicles slid off the roadway onto the grass median where they both came to rest. The Toyota was driven by Niti Amelia Luna Berrios with a front seat passenger and three rear seat passengers. The driver and occupants of the Toyota were transported to Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center and the driver of the BMW to Novant Health-Main.
At 6:03 a.m., one of the rear seat passengers, Carlos Xavier Santiago Luna, succumbed to his injuries he sustained in the collision. The investigation was turned over to the Major Crash Investigation Unit of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. On August 26th, 2019, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Dang Ngo charging him with Felony Death by Vehicle. The warrant was served on Mr. Ngo on August 27, 2019.
The investigation into the events leading up to the crash is ongoing. 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.
Event number: 20190825-0158-00
Location: 8700 East Independence Blvd
Vehicle 1: 2013 BMW M5
Driver 1: Dang Danh Hai Ngo, DOB 10/11/1980
Vehicle 2: 1997 Toyota Camry
Driver 2: Niti Amelia Luna Berrios, DOB: 12/26/1975
Vehicle 2 Passengers:
Front passenger: Steven Jomar Santiago, DOB: 10/14/2000
Back left passenger: Paulina Moscoso, DOB: 07/21/1970
Back center passenger: Andrea Paola, DOB: Undetermined, 15 yrs. old
Back right passenger: Carolos Xavier Santiago Luna, DOB: 02/18/1998