Three people were hurt Friday night along an east Charlotte street when a driver apparently veered off the road and drove into a group of pedestrians.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police didn’t immediately release details about the crash, but witnesses at the scene told the Observer that a pregnant woman driving a sedan ran off the road and slammed into a tree. Along the way, she struck at least two pedestrians standing with others on the sidewalk, the witnesses said.
The collision happened around 8:30 p.m. in the 3300 block of North Sharon Amity Road near Campbell Drive.
Grace Mayes said she was driving along North Sharon Amity Road when she noticed four men, including one holding a child, standing on the sidewalk.
All of a sudden, Mayes said, the car behind her swerved to its right and drove over the curb. The car struck one man so hard that the impact flung him in the air. Mayes said that man was seriously injured and bleeding profusely when she rushed to help.
Another man also was hurt but not seriously, Mayes said, and the child with the group was not injured.
Tangi Davis was down the street, talking on her cellphone, when the wreck happened. She ran to the scene and went to the driver, who Davis said was obviously pregnant. Davis said the woman was bleeding and grabbed her arm, saying, “My baby, my baby.”
Paramedics said they took three people to Carolinas Medical Center. One person suffered life-threatening injuries, paramedics said, another had injuries described as potentially life threatening, and the third’s injuries were not life-threatening.
After the crash, police blocked a section of the road as officers used flashlights to look inside the wrecked car and around the ground nearby.