Delvin Joel Marin-Contreras has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and driving without a license in connection with a fatal Charlotte, North Carolina car accident this weekend, and is being held on $10,300 bond.
Saturday morning, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police responded to a report of a disabled vehicle on I277. They arrived to find the vehicle parked out of the travel lane, and in the breakdown lane. As the investigating officer was speaking with the driver of the disabled vehicle, a car driven by William Sweezer, crashed into the rear of the officer’s patrol car. A second, off-duty officer stopped to assist. Sweezer got out of his car to speak with the officers when an SUV drivern by Marin-Contreras, hit Sweezer’s parked car, and then struck Sweezer, and both officers, killing Sweezer and injuring the 2 officers.
The 2 officers and the occupants of Sweezer’s car and the disabled car were all transported to local hospitals.
North Carolina General Statues Secion 20-157(f)(1) states:
“When an authorized emergency vehicle . . . is parked or standing within 12 feet of a roadway and is giving a warning signal by appropriate light, the driver of every other approaching vehicle shall, as soon as it is safe and when not otherwise directed by an individual lawfully directing traffic, do one of the following:
(1)Move the vehicle into a lane that is not the lane nearest the parked or standing emergency vehicle or public service vehicle and continue traveling in that lane until safely clear of the authorized emergency vehicle.”
Based on the investigation by CMPD, it appears that neither Sweezer nor Marin-Contreras avoided the officers that were aiding the disabled vehicle, as required by NC Law, but Marin-Contreras’ failure to follow the rules of the road had a far more tragic consequence.