Parents Sue Police After Son Killed by Taser

The parents of a deceased Charlotte man are suing the police department after their son died from being shocked by a Taser last year.

In the suit, Charlotte police are accused of using excessive, deadly force when shocking the 21-year-old man twice in July 2011.

Parents of the boy say he was shocked during an altercation between him and his girlfriend at the light rail station.

The Police attorney says the city is preparing their defense in the suit, which was filed Tuesday in federal court.  According to the Police attorney, the young man’s death is certainly tragic, but he nonetheless believes that the officers involved acted properly.

Recent studies have shown that between 2001 and 2008 351 people in the United States died after being shocked police Tasers.  Neighborhoods and communities across the nation trust police officers to serve and protect our loved ones.  However, the nature of police work demands officers to walk a fine line in using the appropriate amount of force to restrain individuals.  If you or someone you love has been injured in a serious accident involving a police officer or Taser gun, call Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free. 

Charlotte High School Student Struck and Killed on Bicycle

A Myers Park High School student is dead after tragically being hit and killed while riding his bike to school Tuesday morning.

According to Charlotte Mecklenburg Police, the 14-year-old freshman was riding on the sidewalk when he lost control from swerving to avoid trashcans.

He was struck just before 7 a.m. on his morning ride to school by a US Foods Truck in the 2100 block of Sharon Lane near Providence road.

The young man was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and died on the scene.

Friends and family visited the scene of the crash, leaving flowers and notes.

No charges are being filed against the truck driver.

In 1999 in the United States, there were 750 bicycling fatalities and 51,000 bicycles injuries resulting from traffic crashes.  Sharing the road is a concept that needs to be honored by all road users, drivers and bicyclists alike.  The fact that certain modes of transportation differ so greatly, however, demands that road users stay especially alert to what is happening around them at all times.  If you or a loved on has been injured in a accident involving a bicyclist or otherwise, the competent Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower can be there to fight for your rights as you find your most successful path to recovery.  Call today at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.

Pedestrian Hit By SUV in Fatal Charlotte Crash

A woman is dead after being struck by an SUV while crossing the street early Wednesday morning in Charlotte.

It happened near the 8100 block of University City Boulevard around 1:30 a.m., according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

Investigators closed University City Blvd eastbound from Chancellor Park Drive to Shopping Center Drive until 4:30 a.m. as CMPD’s Major Crash Investigation Unit processed the scene.

Police say the victim appeared to be a woman on her way home from work.  The driver of the SUV that hit her will not be facing charges since he was not speeding and was going through a green light at the time of the fatal crash.

Recent studies suggest that there is a significantly higher probability that a pedestrian will be struck and killed in a car crash during dark hours than during light conditions.  For obvious reasons, drivers should be particularly alert while driving in the dark as vision is greatly reduced.  If you or someone you love has been involved in a serous accident, day or night, the trusted Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower can help you in finding your most successful path to recovery.  Call now at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.

Ambulance Driver Faces Charges After Fatal Wreck

An emergency personnel worker is awaiting his day in court after being charged in a deadly ambulance wreck that killed a co-worker in September.

The man was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle at the time of the deadly wreck that happened in front of Carolinas Medical Center.

The man was charged for pulling out in front of a tractor-trailer on U.S. 74, killing his co-worker passenger.

The driver of both the ambulance and the tractor-trailer fortunately did not suffer any serious injuries.

Emergency personnel gathered around to pray before the passenger’s body was taken from the scene.

The male driver was scheduled to have his case tried on Thursday morning; however, the case was continued until February.

In 2010, there were over 250 reported ambulance crashes in the United States.  Every day, there are around 50,000 ambulances on the nation’s roads and highways responding to emergencies and saving lives.  Drivers and other road users should always stay alert for the presence of these vehicles for their own safety as well as the safety of those inside emergency vehicles.  If you have been involved in a serious accident with an emergency vehicle or otherwise, call the Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.

Drunk Driver Hits And Kills Pedestrian in Charlotte

A Charlotte man is facing charges of DWI after hitting and killing a pedestrian early Friday morning on Prosperity Church Road in northeast Charlotte.

The crash happened around 3:45 a.m., between Loganville Drive and Pantherville Drive when the man hit and killed a pedestrian that was walking his dog.

Police say the pedestrian died a few moments after the incident.  His dog was taken to Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Animal Care and Control Bureau for treatment for a broken hind leg.

The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was arrested on the scene and charged with DWI.  Additional charges may be pending.

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, 32,885 people were killed in traffic collisions in 2010, which includes the 10,228 fatalities that resulted from drunk driving crashes.  Drunk driving has affected families across the U.S. and beyond.  If you or someone you know is hurt in a DWI accident or otherwise, call the Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.