Woman charged with involuntary manslaughter after deadly crash


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A woman has been arrested following a serious two-vehicle crash Monday night that led to the death of a 30-year-old man in west Charlotte, police said. 

At 9:28 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30 officers responded to the 2700 block of Freedom Drive at Alleghany Street to investigate a collision involving two vehicles.  

Upon their arrival, officers located a Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck and a Suzuki SX4 that had been involved in the crash. The driver of the Suzuki, identified as Jason Edward Black, 30, was transported to CMC-Main where he later died from his injuries.  

Neither the driver or passenger of the Chevrolet Silverado were injured.

Detectives with the CMPD’s Major Crash Unit and DWI Task Force responded to conduct the investigation. Their preliminary investigation determined that the driver of the  Chevrolet Silverado, identified as Kianna Yanee Cockfield, 44, was traveling northwest on Freedom Drive from Morehead Street towards I-85 at a high rate of speed. As she approached Alleghany Street, Cockfield struck the Suzuki operated by Black. 

CMPD said Black was in the process of making a U-turn on Freedom Drive at Alleghany Street when his vehicle was hit. As Black proceeded to make a U-turn to travel northwest on Freedom Drive towards I-85, his vehicle was struck in the passenger side by Cockfield’s vehicle. 

After impact, Cockfield drove off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole causing the pole to split and power lines to fall. The Black’s vehicle continued out of control and came to rest in the outbound lanes of Freedom Drive. 

Cockfield is charged with involuntary manslaughter, careless and reckless driving, and speeding. 

The crash remains under investigation. 

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