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Destiny Vazquez, 19, was killed on October 9, 2022 on South Cedar Street Charlotte, NC in uptown. Destiny was a culinary student at Johnson & Wales University. Destiny was set to graduate in May 2023. Dominique Massey, 35, was arrested and charged with Destiny's death.

Destiny Vazquez

Destiny Vazquez

Johnson & Wales University students laid flowers in memory of Destiny upon her tragic death.

On October 9th Destiny was killed after being hit by a bus on South Cedar Street.

A Van Hool Commuter Coach bus had a green light at the same time Destiny had the walk signal in the crosswalk while she was crossing West 4th Street at the South Cedar Street intersection.

The driver of the bus, Dominique Massey proceeded into the intersection after having a green light and attempted to turn on to West 4th Street. Destiny was then struck by the bus and pinned underneath the bus.

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The bus had no other occupants on board.

Police arrived to the scene while Destiny was pinned underneath the 4 ton bus. The fire department responded and extracted Destiny from underneath the bus.

Destiny was then transported to Atrium Main hospital with serious injuries. Destiny was pronounced deceased a few hours later.

Speed and impairment do not appear to be factors for Dominique. Toxicology results are pending for the victim in this case. Dominique was charged with failure to yield the right of way and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

Johnson & Wales University released this statement:

“Johnson & Wales University grieves the loss of Charlotte Campus sophomore Marielena Vazquez, who will always be remembered as Destiny to her family and friends. A Baking & Pastry Arts major scheduled to graduate in May 2023, she was a warm and caring student who excelled in both her labs and academics. We share our deepest condolences and stand united with Marielena’s family. Additional counseling services have been made available to our JWU community.”