Crime & Courts

Police: Fatigue led to Independence Blvd. wreck

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have added a charge against a driver who investigators said was responsible for a Monday morning crash on East Independence Boulevard that killed a woman and sent her two children to the hospital with serious injuries.

Police originally said Caw Kam, 34, had been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle, and investigators said they believed driver fatigue was responsible for the crash.

But the jail website shows that Kam also was charged with a violation of the open alcoholic container law. He remains in jail Tuesday morning under $100,000 bond.

Silje Grayston, 28, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, near Bojangles’ Coliseum. Her 1-year-old and 3-year-old sons, buckled in child restraints in the back seat, were taken to Carolinas Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Their condition was not known Tuesday morning.

Grayston was stopped at the stop sign on Fugate Avenue as she waited to turn right onto Independence Boulevard. Police say Kam veered across four lanes of Independence Boulevard and struck Grayston’s car on the driver’s side.

Grayston was pronounced dead a few minutes later.

Fugate Avenue is among a handful of small roads that still connect with the expressway portion of East Independence Boulevard. Many of those roads were closed years ago, when Independence was converted to an expressway.