Dang Danh Hai Ngo, 38, was allegedly impaired when his BMW slammed into a Toyota Camry. The crash killed Carolos Xavier Santiago Luna, 21.
On August 25, 2019 at 1:58 a.m., emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on East Independence Blvd.
A 2013 BMW M5 driven by Dang Ngo was traveling on East Independence Blvd at a high rate of speed. The BMW struck a Toyota Camry from behind that was occupied by five people. After impact, both vehicles slid off the roadway onto the grass median where they both came to rest.
The driver and occupants of the Toyota were transported to Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center. The driver of the BMW was sent to Novant Health-Main.
The Toyota Camry had heavy damage to the rear that had come to rest in the center grass median. The driver and four passengers were trapped in the Toyota. The BMW had extensive front end damage. Two of the rear seat passengers of the Toyota suffered serious injuries that were considered life-threatening.
The driver of the BMW was suspected of being impaired. The DWI Task Force was requested and responded to the hospital to conduct the investigation into impaired driving. As a result, the driver of the BMW, Dang Ngo, was charged with Driving While Impaired, Felony Serious Injury by Vehicle, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Reduce Speed.
On August 25 at 6:03 a.m., one of the Toyota passengers died from injuries sustained in the collision. The deceased is identified as Carlos Xavier Santiago Luna.