Steele Creek Division - Major Crash Detectives investigating a fatality on Steele Creek Road


Monday, June 4, 2018,

On Sunday, June 03, 2018 at approximately 9:49 p.m., Steele Creek Division officers responded to a three vehicle crash in the 14000 block of Steele Creek Road near Arrival Drive. Upon arrival, officers located a 2007 Toyota Highlander suv, a 2015 Hyundai Sonata passenger car, and a 2014 Nissan Sentra passenger car in the roadway which had all been involved in a crash.  MEDIC arrived and pronounced one of the victims deceased on scene and transported three of the victims to Carolinas Medical Center Main with serious injury. The operator of the 2014 Nissan remained on scene and did not sustain injury.   

The preliminary investigation indicates that the 2007 Toyota Highlander was traveling north on Steele Creek Road towards South Tryon Street and crossed the center double yellow dividing line into oncoming traffic. As the Toyota crossed the center line, a 2015 Hyundai Sonata, driven by Ann Strickland, was traveling south on Steele Creek Road and was struck head on by the Toyota. Both vehicles then rotated off of each other with the Hyundai Sonata coming to a final rest to the right of the roadway. While the Toyota was coming to a rest it was struck in the right front area by a 2014 Nissan Sentra, driven by Walter Helmandollar. The Nissan was traveling south behind the Hyundai on Steele Creek Road just prior to the crash.

Speed and alcohol are not factors for the operators of the Hyundai and Nissan in this crash and both operators and passengers of the Hyundai and Nissan were wearing seatbelts. The operator of the Toyota was not wearing a seatbelt and speed and alcohol are unknown at this time. The operator of the Toyota was pronounced deceased on scene and the victim's name will be released pending next of kin notification.           

The crash remains under investigation.  Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Crum with the Major Crash Investigations Unit at 704-432-2169. 


Event # 2018-0603-2149-04

Location:  14000 Steele Creek Rd

Division: Steele Creek

Crash Type: Three Motor Vehicle Crash 



HM (Deceased)

Seat Belt-No

Impairment- Unknown

Next of Kin not notified




2007 Toyota Highlander



Ann Mechelle Strickland, WF, DOB: 11/20/1966 (Serious Injury)

Seat Belt- Yes




Darryl James Strickland, WM, DOB: 12/22/1996 (Serious Injury)

Seat Belt- Yes

Impairment- No



14 year old, WF (Serious Injury)

Seat Belt-Yes




2015 Hyundai Sonata



Walter Manuel Helmandollar, WM, DOB: 07/24/1984 (No Injury)

Seat Belt- Yes

Impairment- No



2014 Nissan Sentra