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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. 

Youths Injured in Charlotte Crash

Several youths suffered potentially serious injuries after being involved in a southeast Charlotte wreck Thursday morning.

The crash took place around 7:15 a.m. and involved a young woman and two young men from Myers Park High School at the intersection of North Sharon Amity and Castleton Roads in the Cotswald neighborhood.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police had to free one motorist who was trapped in a vehicle during the wreck.

One victim was transported to Carolinas Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.  A second victim suffered less serious injuries.

Crews worked to clear the scene for nearly two hours, re-opening Sharon Amity around 9:30 a.m.

The cause of the wreck is still unclear.

Studies reveal that traffic accident rates for people ages 16 to 19-years-old are the highest out of any other age group of drivers.  It’s clear that youths, through no fault of their own, are the least experienced on the road.  That’s why it’s important that parents and mentors take the time to warn youths of the dangers of risky driving and the importance of practicing safe driving techniques.  If your teen has been involved in a serious accident, you need an accomplished and trusted attorney on your side.  Call the Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.

 

CMPD Officers Injured After Multiple Charlotte Accidents

Three Charlotte Mecklenburg Police are recovering from injuries after two accidents occurred in the same location involving drunk drivers Saturday night.

In the first accident, two officers were injured around 11:30 p.m. while investigating an accident on Independence Boulevard at Eastway Drive when a man hit a patrol car, and then crashed into a second patrol car.  Both patrol cars had lights flashing.

At the time the cars were struck, the officers were standing in the road and were hit by one of the patrol cars.

Both officers were transported to Carolinas Medical Center with serious leg injuries.  One of the officers was released Sunday, while the other was stable that evening.

The man who struck the officers was charged with DWI, felony serious injury by vehicle, open container, and reckless driving, among other charges.

As more officers came to investigate the scene, around 2:30 a.m. another drunk driver hit a CMPD patrol car and a second car, both of which also had lights flashing.

An officer sitting in one of the patrol cars was knocked unconscious upon impact.  An officer in the second car was uninjured.

Police arrested the second offender and charged him with DWI and felony serious injury by vehicle.

The officer that was knocked unconscious was kept at CMC Sunday afternoon for observation and was in stable condition by that evening.

Recent studies in 2010 reveal that traffic accidents accounted for 73 out of every 160 police deaths in the United States that year.  It’s no mystery that officers put themselves in danger every day while on duty to serve and protect our nation’s citizen’s and communities.   Motorists should always be alert for emergency personnel and vehicles on, around, and near the road.  If you have been involved in an accident involving an emergency vehicle or otherwise, you need an attorney on your side to protect your rights.  Call the trusted Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower 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.

Charlotte Police Hand Out 58 Citations at Seatbelt Stop

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police officers handed 58 citations out Thursday night during a seatbelt operation in northeast Charlotte.

The initiative was set up on the Plaza at Milton Road from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

10 officers manned the station as 29 road users were cited for not wearing a seatbelt, six for having improper license plate tags, seven for not having a proper driver’s license and four for driving with a revoked license.

Recent studies reveal that in 2010, the use of seat belts  in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 12,546 lives.  It’s the law for a reason—wearing proper restraints while riding or driving in a motor-vehicle saves lives.  If you or a loved one is injured in a serious motor-vehicle accident, Call the Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.