Posted on Sunday December 09, 2018
Contact: Officer Tim Aycock
Public Information Officer
December 9, 2018
On Sunday, December 9, 2018, at approximately 4:16 p.m., Matthews officers responded to the area of E. John St. near Charles Buckley Way in reference to a report of a tree that had fallen onto a vehicle. Officers determined that the vehicle was traveling eastbound on E. John St. when it was struck by a falling tree just before the intersection of Charles Buckley Way. After being struck by the tree, the vehicle then traveled through the front lawn of the Matthews Church of God located at 517 E. John St. striking the front of the church causing minor structural damage, then coming to a final stop in a next door residential yard.
We sadly confirm that the driver of this vehicle was pronounced deceased on scene by Medic. A passenger of this vehicle was transported by Medic to CMC Main with minor injuries.
E. John St. is completely closed in both directions while emergency crews and investigators are on scene. Please use the alternate route of E. Independence Blvd. (Hwy. 74) until this road can be reopened.