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Uncontrolled Semi Leads to Wrongful Death of Charlotte Police Officer

Dec 30, 2021 Brown Moore Wrongful Death

The Charlotte community is struggling with the recent death of a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer by the name of Mia Goodwin. Goodwin died at the hands of a semi-truck – an unfortunately common way for people to perish on the roadway.

Brown Moore & Associates, PLLC has seen cases like this time and time again. Unfortunately, our Charlotte wrongful death attorneys see large numbers of accidents resulting in death on a consistent basis. Charlotte itself poses many risks to pedestrians, beckoning the need for experienced lawyers like those at our firm. Our dedication and passion for justice have made us one of the premier wrongful death law firms in the greater Charlotte area.

The Community Loses Goodwin

Daniel Leon Morgan failed to reduce his speed and move to an open Lane on Interstate 85 And WT Harris Boulevard in Northeast Charlotte. At around 3:40 a.m. last Wednesday. Morgan was operating a 2020 Volvo VNL truck carrying goods on his trailer behind. After failing to merge into the other lane, the truck struck numerous Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) vehicles, injuring 3 police officers and killing Goodwin. While another semi-truck was involved in the crash, it is unknown if that driver will face charges at this time.

Morgan is a 50-year-old man who lives in High Point. After taking him to the hospital and examining his records, it was found that he had been cited for displaying a false registration plate. His charges concerning the incident amounted to involuntary manslaughter, misdemeanor death by vehicle, failure to reduce speed, and felony failure to move over to stop the emergency vehicles. Records indicate that Morgan was not impaired.

Court records also show that Morgan had pled guilty in 2015 to driving without a commercial vehicle operator license in nearby Iredell County. These licensees are federally required to operate a semi-truck on a commercial basis. Furthermore, the training in question is critical and legally required to reduce the risk of crashes and wrecks such as these on American motorways. In addition to this violation, he was also cited with a federal safety inspection violation.

Immediately before the incident, Goodwin and the other officers were helping direct traffic after an earlier accident also involving a tractor-trailer. The truck flipped, Spilling large amounts of grain onto the highway shutting down I-85. The scene was described as brutal, with smashed trailers and police cars scattered about the southbound section of the expressway. Goodwin left behind three children and Charlotte firefighter Brenton Goodwin. All of her children are under the age of 3, and she had just returned to active police duty after maternity leave. Goodwin was 33 years old when she passed away.

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There’s a lot to be learned in situations like these. The history, regulations, and previous offenses of an automobile operator can all have unexpected consequences on the lives of Charlotte community members. It is critical that these types of accidents are met with swift legal action. Brown Moore & Associates, PLLC offers highly trained Charlotte wrongful death attorneys. Reach out to us today at 704-355-1500 (local) or 800-948-0577 (toll-free) for consultations regarding wrongful death cases.