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Man charged with DWI, second-degree murder in deadly crash in west Charlotte

Updated: Sep. 9, 2020 at 6:40 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A man has been charged in a crash that left one person dead and two others seriously injured in west Charlotte.

On Sept. 16, Shomari Pinkney was released and served with warrants for driving while impaired, DWI felony serious injury, and second-degree murder.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police responded to West Boulevard to a crash involving three vehicles. Police found a Lexus, Toyota, and Dodge pickup truck involved.

MEDIC took all three occupants of the Lexus to Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Antonio Bennett, one of the passengers in the Lexus, was pronounced dead by MEDIC upon arrival to the hospital.

The driver of the Dodge was transported for minor injuries, and the driver of the Toyota was not injured.

According to police, the Toyota was traveling east on West Boulevard just after Remount Road. The driver attempted to make a left turn into a parking lot and was struck by the Lexus, which was attempting to pass the Toyota. The Lexus crossed the double yellow line and was estimated to be traveling between 90-100 miles per hour in a 35 miles per hour zone.

Police say after the Lexus struck the Toyota, it slid about 200 feet before hitting the Dodge, which had been traveling westbound in the right lane of West Boulevard.

Originally police said the driver of the Lexus, Pinkney, would be served with arrest warrants for involuntary manslaughter, reckless driving, and driving while license revoked. But later, CMPD said information and evidence gathered during the investigation revealed Pinkney was operating the Lexus while impaired at the time of the crash.

On Sept. 9, additional warrants were obtained on Pinkney for driving while impaired, DWI felony serious injury and second-degree murder. These warrants were to be served upon release from the hospital.

This is an ongoing, active investigation. 

Any witnesses to the crash, or anyone with information concerning this crash, should contact detectives at 704-432-2169 Ext# 4 or Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600. The public can also visit the Crime Stoppers website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.

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