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Driver charged after fatal south Charlotte accident

Susan Brown has been charged in a fatal motorcycle accident in Charlotte. (WSOC-TV)

Susan Brown has been charged in a fatal motorcycle accident in Charlotte. (WSOC-TV)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A woman has been charged in a fatal motorcycle accident in Charlotte, according to WSOC-TV.

Police took Susan Brown into custody after they say she failed to yield at Wendover and Providence.

“We heard it,” Tamara Villarroel said.

Villarroel lives very close to South Wendover and Providence where she says accidents happen all the time. She’s CPR-trained and tries to help, but Saturday she said the impact was just too strong.

“By the time I got there—he had no pulse,” Villarroel said. “So, it was little terrifying, but I tried to help as much as I could.”

She said other women also stepped in to help the victim, 53-year-old James Johnson, but his pulse never returned.

“Everyone was so in the moment that they were just trying to bring him back to life,” Villarroel said.

Police took the driver of the SUV that hit Johnson into custody. They say both drivers were traveling on Wendover, and Susan Brown was trying to turn left onto Providence toward Uptown. Police say she collided with the motorcycle.

“The motorcycle had a solid green light, and the SUV had a flashing yellow arrow,” Sgt. Kevin Shaw said. “The driver didn’t see the motorcycle.”

Johnson was thrown from his Harley. Police say Brown’s SUV then struck the front of a truck that was stopped at a red light. Brown was charged with failure to yield and misdemeanor death by vehicle. Villarroel says Brown was visibly shaken by the wreck.

“The lady was definitely in panic mode,” Villarroel said.

She said she’s is praying for Johnson’s family.

“I wish I could give my condolences in person,” Villarroel said.

Speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash.

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