Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision in the Metro Division


Charlotte, N.C. – (Saturday, July 10, 2021) – Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Major Crash Investigation Unit are investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred in the Metro Division.

On Saturday, July 10, 2021, at approximately 2:44 a.m., Metro Division officers responded to the 2300 block of LaSalle Street in reference to a collision involving two vehicles and a pedestrian. Upon arrival, officers located a pedestrian lying on LaSalle Street near Beatties Ford Road with serious injuries.  At the intersection of LaSalle Street and Taylor Avenue, a 2017 Mazda 3 and 2007 Lexus ES350 were located off the roadway with heavy damage.   Medic transported the pedestrian to Atrium Health – Main with life-threatening injuries.  Medic also transported the driver of the Lexus to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center with serious injuries. The driver of the Mazda reported no injuries. 

The pedestrian, identified as Judy Lorraine Sinclair, was pronounced deceased at Atrium Health - Main due to injuries she sustained from the motor vehicle crash. Her family has been notified of her death. 

Officers with the Major Crash Investigation Unit, DWI Task Force, and Crime Scene Search were called to the scene to conduct an investigation.  The preliminary investigation indicates that the Mazda was being driven by Lisa Monique Brown, DOB: 01/11/1993. Brown was traveling west on LaSalle Street when she failed to stop at a solid red light in her direction of travel at the intersection of LaSalle Street and Beatties Ford Road.  The Mazda continued into the intersection at a high rate of speed striking Sinclair, who was crossing Lasalle Street in a marked crosswalk.  The Mazda continued west on Lasalle Street and struck the Lexus that Denise Shauntia Dunlap was driving.

Brown was arrested on scene and charged with Felony Death by Motor Vehicle, Felony Hit & Run, Felony Serious Injury, Driving While Impaired, Careless and Reckless, Red Light Violation, and two counts of Failure to Reduce Speed.   Upon completing an interview with detectives, Brown was transferred to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sherriff's Office.  

Speed and impairment are both contributing circumstances to this crash. 

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: 20210710-0244-00.