University City Division - Major Crash Detectives investigating a fatality


Monday, April 16, 2018,

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Major Crash Unit are investigating a motor vehicle collision resulting in a fatality at the 11100 block of North Tryon Street.

On Monday, April 16, 2018 at approximately 9:40 a.m., a University Division officer attempted to stop a gold Hyundai Genesis which was travelling at a high rate of speed on University City Boulevard.  It was apparent the driver of the Hyundai was failing to stop for the officer, so the officer deactivated all emergency equipment and did not pursue the violator.  The Hyundai fled onto I-485 Outer Loop and then exited off of the interstate and onto the North Tryon Street exit. 

As the Hyundai approached the traffic light of the I-485 Outer Ramp at North Tryon Street, it traveled through a steady red light and was struck by a yellow Ford Econoline van which was travelling northeast on North Tryon Street.  After the Ford struck the Hyundai, the Ford overturned and came to a rest in the southbound lanes of North Tryon Street.  As the Ford overturned, an occupant of the vehicle was ejected from the passenger window due to not being restrained by a seatbelt.  As the Hyundai came to a rest on the guardrail on the northbound side of North Tryon Street, it was struck by the front, passenger's side wheel of a blue International 9200 truck. 

Detectives with the Major Crash Unit responded to the scene and conducted the investigation.  Multiple witnesses on scene verified the information mentioned above.  Alcohol is not a contributing factor, but speed and a red light violation do appear to be contributing factors for this motor vehicle collision.  The ejected occupant of the Ford was pronounced deceased on scene; the next of kin has been notified of his death.

Any person who witnessed the crash or has information about the case is asked to call Detective N.S. Bush (704) 432-2169 or Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600.

Motor Vehicle Collision Report Numbers: 20180416-0941-00

Location: 11100 block of North Tryon Street

Division: University


Vehicle 1: 2012 Hyundai Genesis

Driver 1: Julius Brandon Lawson, DOB: 07/22/1993

Status: Minor Injury

Seat Belt: No


Vehicle 2: 2011 Ford Econoline

Driver 2: Christopher Jyquawn Holcomb, DOB: 12/29/1991

Driver 2 Status: Minor Injury

Driver 2 Seatbelt: Yes


Passenger-Vehicle 2: Matthew Thomas Schwatka, DOB: 12/08/1984

Passenger-Vehicle 2 Status: Deceased

Passenger-Vehicle 2 Seatbelt: No


Vehicle 3: 2006 International 9200

Driver 3: Jonathan Charles Smith

Status: No Injury

Seatbelt: Yes