Second person dies in crash that left 9 hurt, including 7 children, CMPD says

CHARLOTTE — A second person has died in a west Charlotte crash that killed one person and hurt nine others, including seven children and teens, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Police said the two-car crash happened around 10 p.m. May 29 at the intersection of Freedom Drive and Toddville Road.

Officers said the accident involved a Nissan Maxima and Cadillac Escalade. When police arrived, they found the driver and passenger inside the Nissan. The driver of the Escalade and seven juvenile passengers were also there, and were seriously hurt.

The driver of the Nissan, Ricky Lamont Dinkins, 31, was pronounced dead at the scene by MEDIC, investigators said.

On Monday, police said the passenger in the Nissan, 24-year-old Bruno Alessandro Velez Coba, died in the hospital on May 30.

The driver of the Escalade, Michael Jordan II, 40, and seven children and teens aged 3, 4, 11, 12, 14, 15 and 15 were transported to Atrium CMC, all with non-life threatening injuries.

Police said several of the children and teens were “not correctly restrained” in the car.

Authorities said the Nissan was driving recklessly on Freedom Drive near Little Rock Road when it sideswiped a car and continued at a high speed without stopping.

While speeding, the Nissan entered the intersection of Freedom Drive and Toddville Road after running a red light. The Nissan hit the Escalade while making a left turn onto Toddville Road.

High speed and reckless driving were believed to be factors in the crash. Police said impairment was also suspected, but toxicology results are pending.

The driver of the Escalade, Michael Jordan II, was charged with driving while impaired and operating a motor vehicle with an open container, as well as seven counts of misdemeanor child abuse. However, police said his impairment doesn’t appear to be the cause for the crash.

CMPD has asked anyone who witnessed the crash or has information about the case to call Detective Kupfer at 704-432-2169, extension 1. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or click here.

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