Sec­ond pedes­trian death of 2019 oc­curs on South Tryon Street

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - News - BY MYAH WARD [email protected]­lot­teob­server.com

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.

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