North Tryon Division - Fatality in the 7000 block of North Tryon Street


Case Update: Monday, November 25, 2019

The victim driver involved in this crash has been identified as John Westerville Johnson, DOB: 05/31/1969. His family has been notified of his death. 

This is an ongoing, active investigation.  As further information develops it will be released by CMPD Public Affairs. 

Any witnesses to the crash, or anyone with information concerning the crash, should contact Detective Crum at (704) 432-2169 Ext 4 or Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600. The public can also visit the Crime Stoppers website at   The report number for this case is 20191123-232508.



Sunday, November 24, 2019

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Major Crash Unit are investigating a fatal vehicle crash in the North Tryon Division. 

On Saturday, November 23, 2019 at approximately 11:25 p.m., North Tryon Division officers responded to the 7000 block of N. Tryon St in reference to a single motor-vehicle crash. Upon arrival, officers located an overturned 2002 Ford Taurus which had been involved in a crash.  Medic arrived and pronounced the driver deceased on scene. There were no other passengers inside the Ford and no other vehicles were involved in the crash.  The Major Crash Unit responded to conduct the investigation.

The preliminary investigation shows that the Ford was traveling east on the I-85 Connector when it struck the center median and lost control. The Ford then traveled through the intersection with N. Tryon Street and struck a pillar of the Light Rail bridge connector.  The vehicle ended up on its roof in the northbound lanes of N. Tryon Street at Sandy Avenue.    

It has been determined that speed is a factor in this crash.  At this time it is undetermined if the operator was impaired; test results are pending. The victim in this crash was not wearing a seatbelt.   The victim's name will be released once his family has been notified.   

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Crum with the Major Crash Investigations Unit at 704-432-2169 Ext4.   The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers website at   

The CMPD report number for this crash is 20191123-232508. 




Name- Name withheld pending family notification

Seatbelt- No



2002 Ford Taurus