Man arrested following fatal northeast Charlotte crash

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have identified the drivers and the victim in a northeast Charlotte car crash that left one person dead. 

Around 9:40 a.m. on Monday, April 16, police responded to the 11100 block of N. Tryon St. where an accident had occurred. 

Upon arrival, police found one person dead and another seriously injured. 

An initial investigation indicates that Julius Brandon Lawson was driving a gold Hyundai Genesis at a high rate of speed on University Blvd. when an officer attempted to make a traffic stop.

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Lawson refused to stop and the officer chose not to pursue. He fled onto I-485 Outer and then exited off of the interstate and onto North Tryon St.

As the Hyundai approached the traffic light of the I-485 Outer ramp at N. Tryon St. Lawson ran a red light and was hit by a yellow Ford Econoline van, driven by Christopher Jyquawn Holcomb, which was traveling northeast on N. Tryon St.

After the Ford struck the Hyundai, the Ford overturned and came to a rest in the southbound lanes of N. Tryon St. When the Ford overturned, a passenger, Matthew Thomas Schwatka, was thrown from the passenger window. Schwatka was pronounced dead at the scene. 

When the Hyundai came to a rest on the guardrail on the northbound side of N. Tryon St., it was struck by the front passenger’s side wheel of a blue International 9200 truck driven by Jonathan Charles Smith.  

Multiple witnesses on scene confirmed the series of events. 

Lawson has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and driving while license revoked. He was arrested and turned over to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sherriff’s Office.

Lawson and Holcomb suffered minor injuries. Smith was not injured. 

Any person who witnessed the crash or has information about the case is asked to call Detective N.S. Bush (704) 432-2169 or Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600.