No charges to be filed against driver in Kings Mountain deaths of woman and young son

Kadence Clemons
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No charges will be filed against the driver who struck and killed a woman and her 2-year-old son in Kings Mountain last week, police said Tuesday.

Police determined that Clarissa Ussery, 30, was in the middle of the northbound lanes of North Cansler Street with her son when they were hit by a northbound Dodge truck, Kings Mountain police Cpl. K.L. Hamrick said.

The driver applied his brakes and veered to the left, crossing the center line, to try to miss Ussery and her son, Hamrick said. The truck stopped in the southbound lanes, with Ussery’s body beneath the truck.

Police said a man later determined to be Ussery’s boyfriend, Eric Odems, approached the driver and demanded he back up his truck. The driver complied, while trying to avoid running back over Ussery, police said.

The driver told police the man then picked up what the driver thought to be a black book bag and placed it beside Ussery before running away. Police said they believe Odems had actually picked up the 2-year-old’s body.

Police presented their findings to the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office, which on Monday determined that no charges will be filed against the driver.

Police said they are waiting for Ussery’s toxicology report from the Cleveland County Coroner’s Office and are asking the public for help in finding Odems.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Odems is encouraged to call the Kings Mountain Police Department at 704-734-0444.

Odems was found guilty of misdemeanor resisting a public officer in 2011 and awaits trial on a similar charge, court records show.

Observer Staff Researcher Maria David contributed.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak