Davidson Police Release June 17 Pedestrian Fatality Report
Davidson Police Department investigators and officers presented the June 17, Main Street auto/pedestrian fatality investigation to the Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office. An Assistant District Attorney visited the scene as a part of the review. The victim, Davidson resident Suzanne Younts, was pronounced dead at the scene on June 17th at approximately 1:15 p.m. The Davidson police investigation found no criminal offense or traffic violation on the driver's part involved in this tragic accident. The District Attorney's Office agreed with the findings.
The investigation found that the victim was struck approximately 18 feet north of the crosswalk after walking between two vehicles stopped at the red light in the southbound lane of Main Street. The information and evidence gathered at the scene included numerous witness statements and forensic evidence.
"The investigation of a traffic fatality is difficult for all involved and we are grateful for the witnesses who came forward following the tragic death of Mrs. Younts," said Chief Penny Dunn. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Suzanne's family and many others impacted by this tragedy."
The Davidson Police Department responded to the scene with the Davidson Fire Department and Mecklenburg EMS. Davidson Police were assisted in the investigation by the Cornelius Police Department, Huntersville Police Department, and Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office.
The town continues to encourage the community, especially those closest to Mrs. Younts and those who witnessed this tragic accident, to seek professional mental health treatment. There are many resources available in the Lake Norman area:
Carolinas HealthCare System Behavioral Health, Davidson Website: http://www.carolinashealthcare.org/behavioral-health
Along with the Mindy Ellen Levine Behavioral Health Hospital, there is an outpatient clinic that serves children, adolescents, and adults. Call to schedule an appointment, phone assessment and referral, and/or for other information about behavioral health and substance abuse services offered within Carolinas Healthcare System.
Mental Health America of Central Carolinas (MHA)
A United Way member agency, the MHA works to promote mental wellness through advocacy, prevention, and education. In addition to advocacy, MHA provides information and referral, and MHA’s certified staff delivers evidenced-based trainings in QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) suicide prevention, Mental Health First Aid – the Adult and Youth versions, De-escalation, Family Partner Certification, and more. MHA’s ParentVOICE program provides support for families of youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges; Compeer is an evidenced-based friendship/socialization program matching community volunteers with adults living with mental health issues in a one-to-one match; and their Multicultural Advocacy program works with mental health service providers to assure cultural competence in service delivery.
Hours of Operation: business hours, Monday-Friday
Address: 3701 Latrobe Drive, Suite 140; Charlotte, NC 28211
Website: Mental Health Association of Central Carolinas: https://www.mhacentralcarolinas.org/
Mecklenburg County Mobile Crisis Team
The Mecklenburg County Mobile Crisis Team is comprised of a group of clinicians with experience in mental health, substance abuse, intellectual disabilities and situational crises. The Mobile Crisis Team serves all of Mecklenburg County and a referral can come from anyone. The Mobile Crisis Team has the ability to handle a crisis either by phone or by dispatching to the consumer and/or caller.
Insurance: Consumers are not billed for our services. Funding comes from grants, IPRS funds, and Medicaid.
Hours of Operation: 24/7/365
Additional Crisis Resources
Davidson LifeLine has provided a helpful list of crisis resources available for all community members on their website.