Car driver charged after fatal wreck involving CATS bus

Brandon Crew
Brandon Crew

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have charged the driver of a speeding car that veered head-on into a CATS bus last week. One person died in the wreck.

Brandon Crew, 18, is charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless driving and for violating a license restriction. He was in the Mecklenburg County jail early Wednesday and was set for an initial appearance in court in the afternoon.

Crew is charged in a wreck that happened shortly after 8 a.m. Nov. 24 in the 1000 block of Oaklawn Avenue near Statesville Avenue.

Police said a CATS bus driver had picked up a passenger and began to accelerate when the driver of a Dodge Stratus – whom police identified as Crew – drove out of his lane, through a turn lane and head-on into the bus.

The front passenger of Crews’ car, 18-year-old Benjamin Davis, was critically injured in the wreck. He died in the hospital two days later.

Another passenger in the car and three people on the CATS bus were treated for minor injuries. The bus driver was not hurt.

Police said last week they found no evidence of drug or alcohol use.