***UPDATE*** University City Division - Fatality in the 10000 block of North Tryon Street

1/2/2019

Case Update: Wednesday, January 2, 2019,

On Tuesday, January 1, 2019, at approximately 12:00 p.m., the suspect in this crash, Christian Jabez Chandler, contacted the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's University City division wanting to speak with a Major Crash Unit detective. Mr. Chandler voluntarily went to the University City division office where he was interviewed by detectives.

At the conclusion of the interview, Chandler was arrested and charged with Felony Hit and Run and transported to the Mecklenburg County jail for arrest processing. In addition, detectives were able to locate the vehicle involved, which was a black 2018 Nissan Altima.  The vehicle has been seized as evidence and processed accordingly. This investigation remains ongoing, anyone with information about this crash can contact Detective Crum with CMPD Major Crash Unit at 704-432-2169.


Event # 2019-0101-0112-02

Driver 1:

Name- Christian Jabez Chandler, DOB: 10/20/1996

Seatbelt- Unknown

Impairment- Unknown

 

Vehicle 1:

Black 2018 Nissan Altima

 

Driver 2:

Name- Mashonna Hughes (No Injury)

Seatbelt- Yes

Impairment- No

 

Vehicle 2:

Light Brown 2007 Honda CRV

 

Driver 3:

Name- Katelyn Christine Brown (No Injury)

Seatbelt- Yes

Impairment- No

 

Vehicle 3:

Light Grey 2011 Hyundai Sonota

 

Pedestrian:

Name- Demetrice Shakeal Gillespie, B/M, 03/30/1999 (Deceased)

Crosswalk- No

Impairment- Unknown

(Family notification has been made)

 

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019,

On Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at approximately 1:12 a.m., University City Division officers responded to the 10000 block of N Tryon St in reference to a pedestrian being struck by multiple motor vehicles call for service. Upon arrival, officers located a 2007 Honda sport utility, a 2011 Hyundai passenger car, and an unresponsive male that had been involved in a crash. Medic responded and pronounced the pedestrian deceased on scene. The operators and passengers of the 2007 Honda and 2011 Hyundai remained on scene and did not sustain injury during the crash. A black 2013-2018 Nissan Altima that was involved in the crash did not remain on scene.   

The preliminary investigation indicates that the victim/pedestrian was walking on N Tryon St, or on the shoulder of N Tryon St, traveling southwest when he was struck by a black 2013-2018 Nissan Altima. After being struck, the victim was thrown approximately 50 feet into the right hand lane of travel of N Tryon St before coming to a resting position. A short time later, a 2007 Honda CRV, being operated by Mashonna Hughes, that was traveling southwest in the right hand lane of travel behind the Nissan, struck the victim causing the victim to be thrown an additional 60 feet. Once the victim came to another resting position, he was struck again by a 2011 Hyundai Sonota being operated by Katelyn Brown and was dragged approximately 1000 feet underneath the Hyundai. The Hyundai stopped in a parking lot with the victim underneath. Both operators remained on scene. The operator of the Nissan Altima did not remain on scene with a last known direction of travel being southwest on N Tryon St.

Speed and alcohol are not contributing factors for the operators of the Honda and Hyundai. At this time, it is unknown if speed and alcohol are contributing factors for the Nissan. The victim in this crash was wearing dark clothing and was not using a nearby sidewalk. Detectives with the Major Crash Unit, DWI Task Force, and CMPD Crime Scene Investigators responded to the crash scene. The victim's name will be released pending family 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 Ext4. 

 

Event # 2019-0101-0112-02

Location:  10100 N Tryon St

Division: University City Division

Crash Type: Multiple Motor Vehicles vs Pedestrian 

 

Driver 1:

Name- Unknown

Seatbelt- Unknown

Impairment- Unknown

 

Vehicle 1:

Black 2013-2018 Nissan Altima with side mirror damage

 

Driver 2:

Name- Mashonna Hughes (No Injury)

Seatbelt- Yes

Impairment- No

 

Vehicle 2:

Light Brown 2007 Honda CRV

 

Driver 3:

Name- Katelyn Christine Brown (No Injury)

Seatbelt- Yes

Impairment- No

 

Vehicle 3:

Light Grey 2011 Hyundai Sonota

 

Pedestrian:

Pending next of kin notification

 

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