Woman killed, child injured when drunk driver ran red light, police say

Eric Cox arrest from 2011 (Source: Mecklenburg Co. Jail)
Eric Cox arrest from 2011 (Source: Mecklenburg Co. Jail)
Eric Cox arrest from 2009 (Source: Mecklenburg Co. Jail)
Eric Cox arrest from 2009 (Source: Mecklenburg Co. Jail)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A woman died and her four-year-old was hospitalized after police say a drunk driver sped through a red light in east Charlotte and crashed into them.

According to police, officers were called to East Sugar Creek near The Plaza around 2:37 a.m. to the report of a crash.

Officers say 31-year-old Eric Jonathan Cox was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe east along East Sugar Creek at a "high rate of speed [when he] entered the intersection of The Plaza while the traffic light was showing red."

That's when officers say he hit the side of a Nissan Altima with a woman and young child inside. Both vehicles slid through the intersection and came to rest in the southeast corner of the intersection, police told WBTV.

The driver of the Nissan, 26-year-old H'Luon Sin, died at the scene from her injuries. Her 4-year-old son was transported to the hospital with very serious injuries, where he is listed in critical but stable condition.

Police say Cox was not injured in the crash and he was arrested for DWI at the scene. He was later charged with 2nd degree murder, Felony Serious Injury by Motor Vehicle, and Failure to comply with license restrictions.

Cox had an  alcohol concentration (.04) restriction on his North Carolina driving record from a previous DWI conviction in 2009.

Cox's Facebook shows he owns his own real estate company and published a journal on his experience serving as a marine in Iraq.

He has been transported to the Mecklenburg County Jail and is being held without bond.

The CMPD Major Crash Investigation Unit responded to the scene and is conducting the investigation.  Any persons with information on this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or Detective M.A. Sammis at 704-336-8862.

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