Second pedestrian death of 2019 occurs on South Tryon Street
A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle early Saturday morning and pronounced dead on the scene by authorities around 4 a.m.
The incident occurred in the 9600 block of South Tryon Street in southeast Charlotte. The pedestrian was identified as Breondra Newman, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
Newman was standing in the right lane northbound lane of South Tryon Street when she was hit by two vehicles, according to CMPD. Both drivers stayed on the scene, called 911 and were interviewed. Neither driver was injured.
Based on evidence and witness statements, it is believed that Newman may have been impaired before being struck, according to CMPD.
A short time before the incident occurred, officers approached a disabled car on Westinghouse Boulevard near South Tryon Street and spoke with Newman and two others, according to CMPD. Officers requested a wrecker to tow the vehicle and drove two of the people home.
Newman was also offered a ride home, and walked back and forth to a convenience store several times as the disabled vehicle was removed from the roadway, according to CMPD. Officers looked for Newman at the convenience store shortly before receiving a call about a struck pedestrian.
The investigation is ongoing and body-worn camera and surveillance video being reviewed, according to CMPD.
This is the second pedestrian death of 2019, following a fatality on Jan. 1, according to CMPD officials.
Last year ended with a record 28 pedestrian deaths in Charlotte, the Observer reported in December, passing 2017’s record of 27 pedestrian fatalities.