• Friends and family in shock after UNCC student's death

    By: Trish Williford


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Family members and friends are devastated after a University of North Carolina-Charlotte student died days after a serious crash.

    Now they're demanding answers to find out who caused the crash.

    Police are still looking for a man considered a person of interest after he left the scene.

    Friends of Noelle Dixon said she was a quiet and sweet young woman who was preparing to graduate from college.

    They couldn't believe the news about her tragic death.

    "When I heard about it, it was just mind-blowing," Kirven Barnes said.

    Barnes and Natalie James worked with the 22-year-old student for about a year.

    They just saw her Saturday, and Thursday morning, they heard the news about her death on social media.

    "Before I clicked on the link I felt my heart just drop into my toes and I said, 'God I pray this is not the Noelle that I just saw two days ago,'" James said.

    Dixon died Wednesday afternoon following Monday's crash on North Tryon Street near Interstate 485.

    Police said Dixon was traveling in an Acura Integra when it crossed the median into the southbound lanes of traffic, hitting a Chevrolet Blazer.

    Friends said they want to know more about what led to their friend's death and are heartbroken over the loss of a young woman they say was so full of life.

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