Pedestrians hit, driver charged Sunday

Feb. 18, 2014 @ 04:48 PM

Around 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 16, Monroe police responded to a traffic collision with injuries on Highway 74 near Rocky River Road in which three people were struck.

When officers arrived, they were advised that a silver 2001 Monte Carlo had run out of gas and was being pushed by Victor Almodovar of Charlotte and two juveniles, according to a summary of what happened from the Monroe Police Department.

The mother of the juveniles was steering the vehicle, Officer John Jackson of the Monroe Police Department, said.

Almodovar and the juveniles were pushing the vehicle to the BP truck stop at U.S. 74 and Rocky River Road. While they were pushing the vehicle, they were struck by a 2004 Suzuki driven by Erica Essence Stephenson of Lancaster, S. C. Almodovar and one of the two juveniles suffered severe injuries and were taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Main in Charlotte by Union EMS. The other juvenile was able to get out of the way before the Suzuki struck them and suffered minor injuries. Stephenson was found to be under the influence of an impairing substance and was taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Union for a blood test after the incident, according to the summary.

Almodovar and the juvenile who also suffered severe injuries were still in the hospital as of Monday afternoon in serious but stable condition. The woman steering the Monte Carlo was not injured in the incident, Jackson, said.

Stephenson was charged with driving while impaired, fail to reduce speed, felony serious injuries, possess Schedule VI and possess drug paraphernalia. She was taken to the Union County Jail after the incident and placed under a $75,000 secured bond.