Crime & Courts

Man found guilty for role in fatal Pineville wreck

Robert Dahlke
Robert Dahlke Mecklenburg County jail

A Mecklenburg County jury found Robert Vincent Dahlke guilty last week for his role in a 2013 wreck that killed 23-year-old Jazmyn Ivanna Gill as Dahlke raced another man on N.C. 51 in Pineville.

Dahlke, 51, of Fort Mill, S.C., was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, and Judge W. Robert Bell sentenced him to a maximum two years and one month in prison, the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office announced.

In April 2013, Dahlke and his co-defendant, Bhargavkumar Patel, were racing when Patel lost control of his vehicle and struck the car driven by Gill, who was traveling in the opposite direction, prosecutors said. Gill soon died at a hospital.

Patel was injured and pinned in his vehicle. Dahlke did not strike either vehicle but he did not stop, and he fled the scene, prosecutors said.

When Dahlke was later identified as the driver racing with Patel, investigators found scratches caused by debris from the wreck on his vehicle.

Dahlke has a long history of traffic infractions, including multiple convictions for speeding and careless or negligent driving in the Carolinas and Virginia, prosecutors said.

In September 2014, Patel pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection with Gill’s death.

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