One Dead, Eight Hurt in Charlotte, North Carolina Multi-Auto Crash on I-277

March 21, 2011, by Michael A. DeMayo

What should have been a case of police officers inspecting a disabled Chevrolet Impala on I-277 turned into a tragic, Charlotte, North Carolina multi-vehicle collision that killed one man and sent eight people to the hospital. The traffic crash is under investigation.

Per the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, a police officer arrived on the outer loop of I-277 to check on the disabled vehicle, which was parked on the left shoulder. Officer Jeff Templeton had already gotten out of his vehicle when it was rear ended by a Toyota Camry carrying William “Bill” Sweezer, his wife, and two sons. Another CMPD Officer, Chris Kunz, stopped at the scene to help. He was off-duty at the time. Minutes after, a Toyota 4Runner crashed into the Camry and struck Sweezer, who was standing on the roadway, and the two cops.

Sweezer died of his North Carolina car crash injuries. The two police officers, the three people in the Camry, and the three people in the Chevy were taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Meantime, Delvin Joel Marin Contreras, who was driving the 4-Runner, was arrested and charged with No Operator’s License and Misdemeanor Death by Motor Vehicle. He may be illegally in the US.

If someone you love was injured or killed in a Charlotte, North Carolina car accident, it is important that you contact an experienced personal injury law firm that can start gathering evidence, dealing with the other parties, and get the legal ball rolling to help you file a successful claim. Proving liability can be challenging—especially when there are multiple vehicles involved. Accident reconstruction experts may have to be called in, in addition to other professionals who can work with the legal time that is building your case.

‘We need to embrace our family and friends’, The Observer, March 18, 2011

1 killed, two police officers hurt in I-277 multi-vehicle crash, WBTV, March 15, 2010

Related Web Resources:
North Carolina Department of Transportation
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety