According to WBTV's "Over The Top" one man band Ron "Cam Man" Lee:
A driver is facing charges after a collision with a scooter along Park Road left a man dead from his injuries.
The roadway was shut down for hours late Wednesday night, and it wasn't going to reopen until investigators had their answers to what happened.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said a Piaggio Moped, driven by Marty Wayne Thompson was headed inbound from the 3400 block of Park Road around 7pm.
Marty Wayne Thompson
That's when a Honda CRV pulled out in front of him trying to make a left-hand turn.
Thompson slammed on the brakes, and ended up laying the scooter down along the roadway.
Thompson collided with the rear of the Honda, his moped hitting another vehicle nearby.
First responders rushed to the scene, but were not able to save the victim.
Police roped off the area while the investigation began it's early stages. The drivers of both the cars were interviewed, as well as witnesses in the area.
Charges against the driver of the Honda were eventually leveled. Lauren Marie Martindale was hit with misdemeanor death my vehicle as well as failure to yield.
Lauren Marie Martindale
The driver of the Toyota Avalon, the other vehicle involved, was not charged.
Link to WBTV's Story is here.
Cedar's Take: What is wrong with CMPD? A known drug user (Thompson) slams into the back of a Honda CRV and dies. The driver of the Honda CRV (Martindale) is sober, has all the correct papers and insurance, never been arrested and they charge her?
Why is CMPD to quote Ron Lee "Leveling Charges" against this woman, it is clearly pointless and burdens our courts with cases that will be dismissed.
Had he slammed into the side of her car or had she hit him head on, sure charge her. But running up on her and hitting the back of her vehicle is a automatic non qualifier.
Tell me if I'm wrong or too "old school" but my thinking is anywhere from the rear quarter of the CRV back is the fault of the Liquor-cycle rider.
His death while tragic is a simple accident on rain soaked streets at a time when it is normally daylight through out most of the year.