Woman charged with involuntary manslaughter after deadly car crash

A woman has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, careless/reckless driving and speeding following a fatal crash Monday night.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A woman has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, careless/reckless driving and speeding following a fatal crash Monday night.

Authorities were called to the 2700 block of Freedom Drive at Alleghany Street to investigate a car crash around 9:30 p.m. Monday. When they arrived, they found a white Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck and gray Suzuki SX4 involved in the accident.

The driver of the Suzuki was transported to the hospital where he later died from his injuries. Neither the driver or passenger of the Chevrolet were injured.

Following an investigation, authorities said the driver of the Chevrolet, identified as 44-year-old Kianna Yanee Cockfield, was traveling northwest on Freedom Drive towards I-85 at a high rate of speed. 

The Suzuki, driven by 30-year-old Jason Edward Black, was trying to make a U-turn on Freedom Drive at Alleghany Street was his vehicle was hit by Cockfield's Chevrolet. After impact, CMPD said the Silverado drove off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole, causing the pole to split and power lines to fall. The Suzuki continued out of control and came to rest in the outbound lanes of Freedom Drive.

CMPD detectives charged Cockfield with involuntary manslaughter, careless & reckless driving and speeding. She was arrested.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective N.S. Bush at 704-432-2169.

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