Charlotte, N.C. – (Wednesday, December 22, 2021) – The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Major Crash Investigation Unit is conducting an investigation into a fatal crash that occurred early Wednesday Morning on I-85 south at the West W.T. Harris overpass in the University City Division.
On Tuesday, December 21, 2021, at 10:37 p.m., officers with the University City Division responded to a call for service involving a personal injury crash on I-85 southbound at West WT Harris Boulevard. The accident involved an overturned semi-truck with trailer that spilled a load of grain onto the Interstate. North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded along with the Charlotte Fire Department to assist with a potential hazardous material. All southbound lanes were shut down to allow the North Carolina Department of Transportation to clear the roadway of the debris.
At 1:03 a.m., a travel lane was opened to allow southbound traffic to bypass the accident. Traffic cones were deployed around the work crew and police vehicles with emergency equipment activated.
At 3:39 a.m., a semi-truck with trailer traveling southbound collided with a second semi-truck (cab only) – causing them to strike multiple CMPD vehicles.
At 3:48 a.m., Medic pronounced CMPD Officer Mia Goodwin (DOB: 04/15/1988), deceased on scene due to injuries sustained from the accident. In addition, three other CMPD Officers were transported to Atrium Main where they were treated and released. The officers are Shannon Foster, Date of Hire: 09/08/2015, Sean Husk, Date of Hire: 02/24/2020, and Jackson Buffington, Date of Hire: 02/25/2019.
The investigation into this collision is active and ongoing. As additional information develops, it will be released by CMPD's Public Affairs Office. Anyone who witnessed or has information about the crash should contact Detective Buckley at 704-432-2169, extension 6. The public can also leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/. The report number for this case is 20211222-0340-01
OFFICER MIA GOODWIN
DATE OF HIRE: October, 26, 2015
E.O.W: December 22, 2021