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Impairment suspected, man arrested after deadly collission with CATS Transit bus



CHARLOTTE, NC Local Charlotte News – Impairment is suspected and a driver of an SUV has been arrested following a deadly accident involving a CATS Transit bus in northwest Charlotte this week, Charlotte Police said Saturday.

Officers responded to calls regarding the accident around 12 p.m. Thursday near 9500 Mount Holly Road. A CATS transit bus was discovered and had heavy front-end damage after colliding with a Mazda SUV, the police report indicated.

22-year-old Derwin Lewis was the driver of the SUV and was transported to Atrium Main with minor injuries. A passenger of his was pronounced dead on the scene.

An initial investigation revealed the SUV attempted to make a left turn on a I-485 entrance ramp and failed to yield the right of way to the bus.

While speed was not a factor for either party involved, Lewis was found to be impaired and was arrested and charged with DWI felony death by motor vehicle, the police report indicated.

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CSI, DWI Task Force, Medic, transit unit, and a major crash unit were among the departments that responded to the scene.

This remains an active investigation.

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