Metro Division - Fatality in the 1800 block of Brookshire Boulevard

7/14/2019

Case Update: Thursday, August 29, 2019

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Major Crash Unit have charged Xavier Byrd for his involvement in this case.  Byrd has been charged with Felony Death by Motor Vehicle, Involuntary Manslaughter, two counts of Felony Serious Injury by Motor Vehicle, Driving While Impaired and Reckless Driving.

During the course of their investigation, detectives were able to determine that Xavier Byrd was the operator of the 2019 Audi Q5 that was involved in the crash that took place on July 14, 2019.  The investigation revealed that Byrd was operating the vehicle while impaired on alcohol and that he was driving at a high rate of speed when the crash occurred.  Earlier today, Xavier Byrd turned himself in to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.   He was arrested and has been transferred to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Jail.

This crash remains under investigation. As additional information develops, it will be released by the CMPD's Public Affairs Office.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600 or Officer Justin Kupfer with the Major Crash Investigation Unit at (704) 432-2169.

 

​Driver:

Xavier Ray Byrd, DOB: 11/07/1996

Injury: Minor

 

Front Passenger:

Christian Lanier, DOB: 08/26/1997

Injury: Deceased

 

Rear Right Passenger:

Keontez Stephens, DOB: 02/24/1998

Injury: Serious

 

Rear Left Passenger:

Jajuan Battle, DOB: 02/28/1998

Injury: Serious

 

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

On Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 2:41 a.m., Metro and Central Division officers responded to a single vehicle crash at 1880 Brookshire Boulevard in the Metro Division where one occupant was pronounced deceased on scene.

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Major Crash Unit, DWI Task Force Officer, and Crime Scene Search responded to the scene to conduct the investigation. 

Their initial investigation has revealed that a 2019 Audi Q5 was being driven at a high rate of speed northwest on Brookshire Boulevard when it left the roadway to the left, entered the grass median and flipped. The Audi was occupied by a driver and three passengers none of which were wearing seatbelts. All occupants were ejected. One occupant was pronounced deceased on scene by Medic. The remaining occupants were transported to Atrium Health's Carolina's Medical Center, two of which are in critical condition.

Excessive speed is a contributing factor to this crash and drug use is suspected.

This crash remains under investigation. As additional information develops, it will be released by the CMPD's Public Affairs Office.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600 or Officer Justin Kupfer with the Major Crash Investigation Unit at (704) 432-2169.

 

Complaint Number: 20190714-0241-00

Location:  1880 Brookshire Boulevard

Division: Metro Division                                                                                                                     

 

Victim #1:

Christian Keon Lanier, DOB: 08/26/1997

Injury: Deceased

Next of kin notified

 

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