CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A South Carolina woman was charged in a crash that killed a Charlotte-Mecklenburg telecommunicator, injured a police officer and his 11-year-old daughter on Interstate 77 near the North Carolina-South Carolina state line Thursday evening.
The wreck happened just after 7:30 p.m. in the southbound lanes on I-77 near Exit 1.
On Friday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police identified the woman killed in the crash as Nicole Schieb. Schieb was hired in July 2012 by CMPD. She was a passenger in a vehicle that was rear-ended in the crash. She died on scene, officials said.
Schieb's brother, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Christopher Schieb, and his 11-year-old daughter Ashley were also injured in the wreck.
He is expected to be OK, but his daughter was critically injured and is in pediatric intensive care following the collision.
Troopers said 36-year-old Trisha Ann Thompson was charged with driving while impaired in connection with the deadly wreck.
"This is a tough loss for us," CMPD Police Chief Kerr Putney said.
"This is the side that you don't see. This is the human side. This is the tragic loss of a life because someone takes into their own accord to drink and then drive and then - it costs us a life," Putney said.
"Both Nicole and Officer Schieb were off duty at the time the collision occurred," police say.
Multiple lanes on the interstate were closed for some time due to the crash. Drivers were advised to expect delays and avoid the area if possible.
"Please keep Nicole's loved ones in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time," CMPD said in a release.
A GoFundMe page was set up for the CMPD dispatcher. The page states Nichole Schieb leaves behind a 3-year-old son.
The GoFundMe account has been updated to assist Officer Christopher Schieb's 11-year-old daughter as she recovers from the accident.
The Schieb family conveys their sincere gratitude for all of the community support during this difficult time.
More charges are pending, troopers say.