Officer dies after wreck involving police vehicles, truck that shuts down interstate
Officer Mia Goodwin had just returned from maternity leave, Chief Jonny Jennings said in a news conference
Duty Death: Officer Mia Goodwin - [Charlotte, North Carolina]
End of Service: 12/22/2021
By Rogelio Aranda
The Charlotte Observer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer has died after a wreck involving at least two CMPD vehicles and a tractor-trailer that shut down southbound lanes on Interstate 85 early Wednesday.
Police Chief Johnny Jennings, in a post on Twitter, said Officer Mia Goodwin died. Goodwin served in CMPD’s University City division, Jennings said.
It is with a heavy heart that I share the passing of @CMPD Officer Mia Goodwin. Officer Goodwin proudly served the University City Division. I ask for your thoughts and prayers for the family of Officer Goodwin and the CMPD family. Rest easy hero, we have watch from here. #EOW pic.twitter.com/uEGvT9liZd— Chief Jennings (@cmpdchief) December 22, 2021
“Rest easy hero, we have watch from here,” Jennings said in the tweet.
The interstate will be shut down for “an extended period of time,” CMPD said in a tweet at 4:42 a.m. All southbound traffic will be diverted at Mallard Creek Church Road, police said.
The crash at W.T. Harris Boulevard happened around 3:30 a.m., according to Observer news partner WBTV.
Two CMPD officers were assisting with shutting down the highway because of an earlier wreck when they were struck by the tractor-trailer, WBTV reported, citing the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
A tractor-trailer jackknifed in southbound lanes as a result of the crash, and one CMPD vehicle had “heavy rear-end damage,” WSOC reported.
Video from WCNC shows police vehicles escorting an ambulance away from the scene.
Officer Goodwin had just returned from maternity leave a few days prior, Chief Jonny Jennings said in a news conference. "She was a loving mother to her three kids. A three-year-old, a one-year-old, and a four-month-old. She is also survived by her loving husband, who is a firefighter with the Charlotte Fire Department," he said.
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