Crime & Courts

Drivers identified in death of child go-kart driver

Cierra Mitchell
Cierra Mitchell Go Fund Me

The drivers have been identified in a multivehicle traffic incident that left a 12-year-old go-kart driver dead Thursday.

Cierra Mitchell was driving a go-kart east on Greene Street across West Sugar Creek Road. Meanwhile, Jason White was traveling south on Sugar Creek. A third driver, Derik Day, was traveling north on Sugar Creek, according to a report released Monday by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

The girl failed to stop the go-kart at a stop sign for the intersection and was struck by White’s vehicle, the report said. Cierra was thrown into northbound lane traffic and was struck by Day’s vehicle, according to the report. She was not wearing a helmet.

The car drivers were not injured. Neither speed or alcohol was a contributing factors in the girl’s death, the report said.

“She was a good girl,” said Edward Mitchell, a family member. “Not ever in trouble. Really quiet. She stayed to herself a lot but not an introvert.”

Mitchell and his wife posted on Facebook that his family was suffering from the loss but that heaven had gained an angel.

In a Facebook post at about 8 a.m. Saturday, Cierra’s dad, Robert Mitchell, thanked everyone for their prayers.

“As we prepare to send Cierra home to our father, please pray for her spirit to have safe journey,” he said in the post.

Robert Mitchell also asked for continued prayers for the family, “to give them peace in the fact that she is no longer suffering, and she (is) home in the arms of our lord. Pray for their strength to keep pushing on and know Cierra is watching over them.”

A Go Fund Me site has been established to help with living expenses for Cierra’s mother, a single mom raising another daughter.