CMPD: 29-Year-Old Fatal West Charlotte Crash Suspect Charged With 2nd Degree Murder

The Latest (9/17/20):

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say the suspect in a fatal west Charlotte crash, that happened early September, has received multiple charges including 2nd Degree Murder, following his release from the hospital.

The 29-year-old suspect, identified as Shomari Pinkney, was released from the hospital Wednesday morning and interviewed by Major Crash Unit Detectives at CMPD Headquarters soon after.

Shamari Pinkney — Dwi — Dwlr Not Impaired Rev — Felony Serious Injury By Vehicle — Involuntary Manslaughter — Reckless Driving To Endanger — Second Degree Murder Without Regard

According to police, after an interview, Pinkney was transferred to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office and served with warrants for Driving While Impaired, DWI Felony Serious Injury, and 2nd Degree Murder.

Original Story (9/9/20):

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Investigators say the driver of a 1997 Lexus ES300, Shomari Pinkney, was impaired and will be arrested when released from a local hospital after a car crash that killed a passenger on September 5th around 5 p.m.

Investigators say Antonio Bennett, a passenger in the Lexus, died after the 3-vehicle collision, and medics took all occupants to Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center to be treated for their injuries.

Pinkney will be charged with driving while impaired, DWI felony serious injury, and 2nd degree murder, according to a news release.

Detectives say Pinkney’s Lexus hit a Toyota Corolla, driven by Darryl Bryant, heading east on West Boulevard after crossing Remount Road to turn into a parking lot.

Pinkney attempted to pass Bryant on the left by crossing the double yellow center line, also driving east, at around 90-100 MPH in a 35 MPH zone, according to a news release.

Police say after the Lexus hit the Toyota, it slid uncontrollably hitting a 2003 Dodge Ram pickup truck driving west on West Boulevard.

Bryant, driver of the Toyota, was not injured, and Leroy Hood, driver of the Dodge, is at the local hospital being treated for minor injuries, according to a news release.

Investigators say speeding and reckless driving by Pinkney in the Lexus are the main reasons for the accident, and that Pinkney and his passenger were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Police say the investigation is active, and anyone with more information should call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.