Eyewitness News reporter Alan Cavanna discovered that Crain witnessed a nearly identical accident at the same intersection just a few months ago.
Last September, Elliot McKinnon was making a left from Castleton Road onto North Sharon Amity when he was hit in the driver's side door of his station wagon.
Neighbors are demanding a change along the stretch of road on North Sharon Amity in south Charlotte.
Elliott McKinnon still has pain, but little memory of his accident last September.
“I remember somebody, a fireman saying, ‘Hold on, buddy, we’ll get you out in just a minute,’” said McKinnon.
McKinnon was making a left turn from Castleton Road onto North Sharon Amity when he was hit in the driver’s side door of his station wagon.
He suffered a torn aorta in the wreck.
“Should you be alive right now?” Cavanna asked.
“No. Based on what they say, no,” McKinnon said.
Channel 9 discovered in the police report from McKinnon’s accident that McKinnon’s neighbor, Thomas Crain, was one of four people who witnesses the crash in September.
“It’s the same exact thing, in the same exact place. He saw me get hit and I’m so sorry it happened to him,” McKinnon said.
Thursday’s accident was the 12th accident at the same intersection since 2009. Despite that, the intersection is not on the city’s high frequency list, nor is it on the list of intersections being considered for safety improvement.
Channel 9 went through the city’s list of intersections that warrant safety improvement and found 67 intersections on the list that have as many or fewer accidents at the intersection at North Sharon Amity and Castleton Road.
The list will be updated this year.
Representatives from Charlotte’s Department of Transportation could not say if the intersection would be added.
McKinnon said Thursday’s accident needs to be the last. “I am afraid next time someone will unfortunately die,” he said.
Crain suffered a traumatic brain injury in the crash and is still in intensive care at Carolinas Medical Center.