Major Crash Investigation in the Steele Creek Division---August 3, 2021

8/6/2021

Charlotte, N.C. – (Tuesday, August 3, 2021) – Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Major Crash Investigation Unit are conducting an investigation into a crash involving a CATS Lynx train and two pedestrians.

On Tuesday August 3, 2021 at 5:10 a.m. officers responded to reports of a CATS Lynx train striking two pedestrians near 8200 South Boulevard, which is in the Steele Creek Division. Members of the Charlotte Fire Department and MEDIC also responded to the scene. When officers arrived, they located two pedestrians near the tracks unresponsive. Upon MEDIC’s arrival on scene both pedestrians were pronounced deceased.

Officers with the Major Crash Investigation Unit, Motor Unit, DWI Task Force, Transit Unit, and Crime Scene Search were called to the scene to investigate. The preliminary investigation indicated that the two pedestrians, Pablo Tiquiram Us; 05/29/1992, and Jose Chilambalam Tiquiram Us; 12/24/2000, were walking north on the southbound tracks when they were struck by CATS Lynx train 317 which was pulling train 306 and heading south. Once the strike occurred the operator, Tracy Renard Aaron, stopped the train.

Alcohol impairment is suspected as a contributing factor for the pedestrians. Additional information found through the investigation shows that the subjects had been conducting a memorial for Baltazar Tiquiram Us, who was killed in a crash with the CATS light rail train at this same location on 7/26/2021.

All safety mechanisms for the CATS line at this location were in full effect and working properly.

The investigation into this collision 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 Kupfer at 704-432-2169, extension 1. 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: 20210803-0510-00.

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