Crime & Courts

Mom charged with driving drunk in crash that killed 3-year-old son

Chantee Tranise Boyd
Chantee Tranise Boyd WBTV

A 26-year-old mother faces several charges, including driving while impaired, in a Sunday morning crash that killed her 3-year-old son, according to police.

Chantee Tranise Boyd was in Mecklenburg jail under $405,000 bail after the crash on Billy Graham Parkway near Charlotte Douglas International Airport just after midnight Sunday. She was charged with felony death by vehicle, two counts of felony child abuse, reckless driving and DWI.

Boyd’s two sons were in her Honda as she drove south along Billy Graham Parkway. About 12:20 a.m., she drove off the left side of the road and into the median before striking a guardrail and going into the northbound lanes, police said. There, she collided head-on with Lincoln Continental.

Boyd’s 3-year-old was killed and pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Her 7-year-old son and the other driver were taken to the hospital. They are expected to recover.

Before Sunday’s wreck, Boyd was awaiting trial on a charge of possession with intent to sell marijuana from late last year, according to a search of court records conducted by the Observer.

In 2008, she was arrested on a charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon. It’s unclear how the case was adjudicated. Last year, she was also charged with providing drugs to an inmate, according to jail records.

Boyd is scheduled to make her first court appearance on Tuesday afternoon.

The crash was under investigation. Police encouraged anyone with information on it to call Detectives M. Sammis or J. Reibold with the Major Crash Investigation Unit at 704-336-8862.

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