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3 year old dies after South Charlotte crash

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

A 3-year-old involved in a south Charlotte wreck last week died on Saturday.

Police say Jayden Bush, who turned 3 last month, died at Carolinas Medical Center surrounded by his family.

Uriel Eduardo Flores has already been charged with involuntary manslaughter and felony hit and run in connection with the wreck after the driver, Shaquise Sharvelle Bush, of Charlotte, was pronounced dead. Police have not said what charges, if any, Flores would face in connection with Jayden’s death.

It’s not clear what role Flores and his white truck played in the crash, but at least one witness told detectives the truck Flores was driving was involved.

Police say Bush was driving a 2002 Mercury Sable that crashed into a utility pole shortly after 6 p.m. in the 2200 block of Sharon Road West near Hopeton Road. A 21-year-old woman and three children -- including Jayden -- were passengers in the car.

Charlotte fire Capt. Rob Brisley said it took a crew of 26 firefighters about 30 minutes to free the victims from the wreck.

Police investigators say it appears that speed was a factor in the crash, but they say alcohol was not involved.

The front seat passenger was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with what police call “serious” injuries. The two other children riding in the back seat, ages 18 months and 22 months, were taken to Carolinas Medical Center with serious injuries, police said. They are expected to recover.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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