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Road rage blamed in Charlotte wreck that killed driver

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Road rage victims rarely catch video proof of their attack, but one Asheville biker got lucky last week, when a passing motorist with a camera drove up at just the right moment.

A fatal collision in northwest Charlotte on Monday was the result of road rage, police announced Friday.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers were called to the 2700 block of Freedom Drive at Alleghany Street around 9:30 p.m. Monday, where a white 2013 Chevrolet Silverado and a gray 2008 Suzuki SX4 had been involved in a wreck. The driver of the Suzuki, identified as Jason Edward Black, was taken to Carolinas Medical Center, where he died from his injuries, police said.

Police determined Kianna Yanee Cockfield, the driver of the truck, was traveling on Freedom Drive toward Interstate 85 at a high speed, when she struck Black’s Suzuki SX4 as Black was attempting to make a U-turn.

Cockfield was charged with involuntary manslaughter, careless and reckless driving, and speeding, police said.

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Kianna Yanee Cockfield was charged with involuntary manslaughter, careless and reckless driving, and speeding, police said. Mecklenburg County Jail

Police announced Friday that an apparent road rage incident between Cockfield and another vehicle occurred before she crashed into Black’s car. The incident began on Interstate 77 and continued onto Freedom Drive until the location of the crash, police said.

Police are now looking for the third vehicle, a “newer model” gray Toyota Camry, that should not have any damage.

Lori Tindall, Black’s mother, said her son was on his way home from work when Cockfield drove her truck into his car. Black, a 30-year-old Gastonia native, had just texted his family moments before the collision to tell them he was on his way home, Tindall said.

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Jason Black, 30, was killed following a collision in northwest Charlotte on Monday. Courtesy of Rodney Bryant

Black, the youngest of three kids growing up, was an assistant manager at a Save-A-Lot grocery store in Shelby, and had plans to get married next year, Tindall said.

“This tore us a part — it has torn us a part,” she said. “It’s left us devastated.”

Anyone that was in the area of Freedom Drive and Alleghany Street that has information about this vehicle or the driver is asked to contact Crime Stoppers 704-334-1600.

LaVendrick Smith; 704-358-5101; @LaVendrickS

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