Procession honors fallen CMPD Ofc. Mia Goodwin one year after her death

The wife and mother of three was hit and killed while on the scene of another crash.
A somber remembrance happened early Thursday morning while most of the city of Charlotte slept.
Published: Dec. 22, 2022 at 5:15 AM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A somber remembrance happened early Thursday morning while most of the city of Charlotte slept.

Around 4:30 a.m., the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department finished a procession to honor the life of fallen Ofc. Mia Goodwin.

CMPD Ofc. Mia Goodwin passed away Wednesday, according to the chief.
CMPD Ofc. Mia Goodwin passed away Wednesday, according to the chief.(Source: WBTV)

A long line of first responders who started at CMPD headquarters in uptown Charlotte then made their way to Interstate 85 near W.T. Harris Boulevard, the area where Goodwin was killed exactly one year ago.

The wife and mother of three was hit and killed while on the scene of another crash.

Around 3:40 a.m. on Dec. 22, 2021, a semi-truck with a trailer traveling southbound on I-85 collided with a second semi, and those vehicles hit multiple CMPD cruisers, killing Goodwin and injuring three other officers.

Goodwin had just returned from maternity leave days before she was killed in the line of duty. Her husband worked as a firefighter in the Queen City.

Related: ‘The profession hurts’: CMPD Officer Mia Goodwin dies in crash on I-85 in Charlotte, days after return from maternity leave

“I’ll never ever forget that call, being woken up in the middle of the night,” CMPD Chief Johnny Jennings said. “We will never forget, and we will make sure Mia’s name lives on forever.”

Jennings also highlighted several changes in the department to keep officers safe at these types of crash scenes.

In addition to cones, the police foundation purchased beacon lights to make the cones are more visible at night. They’ve also re-stripped patrol cars to be more visible.

The semi-driver, Daniel Morgan, is facing several charges in connection with the crash, including involuntary manslaughter, reckless driving, and having a fictitious tag.

He’s scheduled to appear in court next month.

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