Wednesday, July 17, 2019
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Major Crash Unit is investigating a motor vehicle collision resulting in a fatality that occurred near the 2600 block of Barringer Drive, which is in the Westover Division.
On Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at around 11:35 p.m., a Central Division officer was attempting to make a traffic stop on a 2002 Buick Park Avenue with no registration plate on West Boulevard near I-77. While the officer was approaching the Buick on foot, the vehicle fled and turned onto Barringer Drive and proceeded at a high rate of speed. While still outside of his vehicle, the officer advised dispatch of the vehicle's description so that nearby officers could be on the lookout for the vehicle.
The officer then entered his vehicle and deactivated his emergency equipment. The officer did not pursue the vehicle, but began to travel in the last known direction of the Buick. As the Officer approached Remount Road at Barringer Drive, he could see brake lights and smoke in the yard of 2618 Barringer Drive. As he got closer, the officer observed that a single vehicle had crashed, and further recognized this as the vehicle that fled his traffic stop. The officer immediately called for Medic for both injured parties. Upon Medic's arrival, the passenger was transported to Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center with serious injuries. The driver of the vehicle was pronounced deceased on the scene by Medic.
Members of the Major Crash Unit, Motor Unit, DWI Task Force and Crime Scene were called to conduct the investigation. Witnesses on scene stated the Buick was traveling southwest on Barringer Drive and was traveling at a high rate of speed when approaching Remount Road. Evidence indicates that upon approaching the intersection, the vehicle struck the curb and then a pole. The vehicle then continued and crossed over Remount Road. The vehicle then ran off the road to the right and sideswiped a tree. As the vehicle continued off the road, it traveled into the yard of 2618 Barringer Drive where it came to rest after striking a second tree. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown into the passenger side of the vehicle during the crash. The front seat passenger was wearing a seatbelt.
Excessive speed is a contributing factor for the driver of the Buick at this time. Alcohol is suspected.
This crash remains under investigation. Any witnesses are asked to call Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600 or Officer D. C. Buckley at (704) 432-2169.
The report number for this incident is 20190716-2335-01.
Vehicle #1: 2002 Buick Park Avenue
Driver: Tearinie Lashanta Bush, DOB: 05/04/1996
Front Passenger: Nakearni Nichelle Hudson, DOB: 9/20/1995
Status: Serious Injuries