Deadly I-77 crash investigation unsolved 7 months later; family seeks answers

CHARLOTTE — Highway Patrol troopers continue to investigate a deadly crash that happened in May on Interstate 77 in south Charlotte.

Tre Highsmith’s family is also searching for answers in his death.

His sister, Rachel Highsmith, said her brother was a rock in the family.

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“Always wanted to save the day,” she said of her brother. “If I needed something, he would come around with it. He just wanted to feel important and needed and he was.”

Tre Highsmith visited his family before he crashed on a motorcycle he just bought.

Authorities visited family members the next day.

“We had the troopers come and inform us that he had gotten into an accident and didn’t survive,” Rachel Highsmith said.

Tre Highsmith was riding the motorcycle at about 12:30 a.m. on May 24 on I-77 near Tyvola Road. He tried to change lanes at the same time a car did, and they overcorrected.

He was ejected and the car flipped upside down. Moments later, another car hit Tre Highsmith, who was laying on the interstate. That car did not stop.

“I want someone to be able to (say) ‘OK, I remember that,’ or ‘I saw that accident’ and being able to provide something would be very helpful to us,” Rachel Highsmith said.

Investigators got dash camera video of the second incident from a driver, but the footage is poor quality.

“It would be helpful for us to know,” his sister said. “It won’t bring him back, but it would just, it’s just that one question mark.”