CHARLOTTE — A 16-year-old on an electric scooter died after being hit by a car in Uptown Charlotte, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
Officers said the crash happened on May 6 just before 6:30 p.m. on Mint Street at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
According to police, the driver of a Dodge, who was also a juvenile, was turning right on Mint Street from West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard when they hit the teen on the scooter in the crosswalk.
Intersection of Mint and MLK is closed as police investigate a deadly collision between a scooter-rider and vehicle. @wsoctv pic.twitter.com/RPdekWwLp6— Hunter Sáenz (@Hunt_Saenz) May 6, 2023
Police said the victim, 16-year-old Carlos David Caro Sevilla, died from his injuries on the way to the hospital.
The Dodge’s driver stayed at the scene. Investigators said they were found not to be impaired, and there aren’t any charges pending against them.
Witness Katie Gresham said she was walking to a Charlotte FC match when she heard the crash about 10 feet behind her.
She told Channel 9 that police were already there directing traffic.
“Yes they were,” Gresham said. “That’s how they were able to get there so quickly because he was over by Truist Park when the accident happened.”
However, on May 11, CMPD released a statement saying while officers were in close proximity to the crash, they were not actively directing traffic when this incident occurred.
Officers were assigned to control traffic at the intersections in Uptown due to the Charlotte FC game that was taking place. Prior to, and at the time of the crash, officers were out of the roadway monitoring the volume and flow of vehicle and pedestrian traffic, according to CMPD.
CMPD said due to the low volume of traffic at the time, officers were not actively directing traffic but rather allowing the traffic control signals to handle the flow of vehicles and pedestrians.
“This is a tragic incident that we take very seriously. This loss of life saddens us greatly, and we realize the impact that this has on the young person’s family, the driver of the vehicle and his family, and the public. Each year, millions of people visit Charlotte for major events, and we have always worked hard to ensure a safe environment for pedestrians and motorists. We will continue to focus on maintaining safe roadways and walkways throughout our community,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Johnny Jennings said in a Twitter statement.
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