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Charlotte driver charged with manslaughter after 30-year-old man dies in Monday crash

This is the vehicle driven by Jason Edward Black.
This is the vehicle driven by Jason Edward Black.

A Charlotte woman is facing an involuntary manslaughter charge after being involved in a crash that killed a 30-year-old Charlotte man late Monday.

Kianna Yanee Cockfield, 44, is also charged with careless and reckless driving and speeding, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said.

The crash happened Monday at 9:28 p.m. in the 2700 block of Freedom Drive at Alleghany Street. Police identified the deceased driver as Jason Edward Black, 30.

Investigators say Cockfield was traveling northwest on Freedom Drive from Morehead Street towards Interstate 85 at a high rate of speed. As the Chevrolet Silverado approached Alleghany Street, the truck struck a Suzuki SX4 operated by Black, police said.

Black was in the process of making a U-turn on Freedom Drive at Alleghany Street when his vehicle was hit. After impact, Cockfield’s Silverado drove off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole, causing the pole to split and power lines to fall. The Suzuki continued out of control and came to rest in the outbound lanes of Freedom Drive, police said.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call 704-432-2169. They may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers mobile app website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.

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