3-year-old boy killed in accident near airport; mother charged


A mother has been charged in a fatal Sunday accident near the Charlotte airport and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say speed and alcohol were contributing factors in the crash.

According to CMPD, a 3-year-old boy died in the crash and a 7-year-old was seriously injured.

The crash happened in the 400 block of Billy Graham Parkway around 12:20 a.m. Sunday morning, not far from the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

Chantee Tranise Boyd, 26, was reportedly speeding in a Honda Accord on Billy Graham Parkway with her two children in the car. Boyd lost control of the vehicle and drove off the left side of the southbound lane into the median, according to police.

Police say the vehicle spun and hit a guardrail in the median before continuing into northbound lanes of the road where the rear of her Accord hit a Lincoln Continental head on.

The Honda finally stopped on the right shoulder of the northbound lanes of Billy Graham Parkway.

When Medic arrived, they reportedly pronounced the 3-year-old boy dead on scene. The 7-year-old boy was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with serious injuries. The two drivers in the crash were also taken to CMC-Main with minor injuries, according to police.

Boyd has since been arrested on charges of felony death by vehicle, felony serious injury, two counts of felony child abuse, reckless driving, and driving while impaired.

According to police, alcohol and speed were contributing factors in the crash and an investigation was underway.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detectives M. Sammis or J. Reibold with the Major Crash Investigation Unit at 704-336-8862.

The names of the children have not been released.

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