• Person of interest sought after serious crash in University

    By: Jenna Deery


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Police are looking for a person of interest to find out what he knows about a crash that occurred Monday on North Tryon Street that left a woman fighting for her life and two others recovering from cuts and bruises.

    Family members of the victims are concerned about the three women who are still in the hospital later that day. They're also concerned why a man left the scene without talking to police.

    Chopper 9 Skyzoom flew over the scene as paramedics helped 41-year-old Vanessa Garcia and her sister, 30 year-old Sarah Garcia.

    "I think they were very, very lucky. It could've ended up another way," said the victims' father, Charlie Garcia. "They had some aches and pains for sure. They were treated for cuts and bruising."

    They were coming home from work on North Tryon Street in University City when the driver of an Acura swerved into their lane and crashed into their Chevrolet SUV.

    Police said they found a 22-year-old woman in the roofless Acura's passenger seat, badly injured.

    Police are now trying to figure out who was driving the Acura and caused this crash.

    Vanessa Garcia's son hopes he comes forward.

    "That's not right. You shouldn't just run away," Lewis Watson said.

    The Garcias will likely stay at Carolinas Medical Center overnight. The other victim suffered life-threatening injuries and Channel 9 is waiting to learn her condition.

    Anyone with information are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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