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Town Mourns Loss of Janet McFadden: 
Please Join Us for a Community Vigil at 6:00 p.m. Tonight

On Friday, April 1, 2016, at approximately 12:16 p.m., Janet McFadden, owner of Davidson Pet Sitters, was a pedestrian crossing South Main Street in Davidson at the corner of South Street. Ms. McFadden was crossing the street in a marked crosswalk walking two dogs. Jeffery Wilburn was the driver of a Republic Services garbage truck. Mr. Wilburn made a left turn from South Street onto South Main Street. The truck then struck Ms. McFadden as she was crossing the street in the marked crosswalk. Ms. McFadden was pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident. One of the dogs did not survive the accident.

“Our whole community is extremely saddened by the loss of Janet McFadden,” said Davidson Mayor John Woods. “Many of us knew her well. Our thoughts are with her family.” 

We will host a community vigil on the front steps of Davidson Town Hall this evening, Saturday, April 2, at 6:00 p.m. to remember Janet. Please bring a candle to light in her memory.

We want to encourage our citizens to seek professional mental health treatment, especially those close to Janet and those that were witnesses to yesterday’s tragic event. There are many resources available in the Lake Norman area. A partial list follows at the end of this email.

Other investigation details:
The Davidson Police Department requested the assistance of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Major Crash Investigation Unit. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is the investigating agency for this crash event.

Jeffrey Wilburn was arrested and charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle.  Speed and alcohol use are not factors for this crash.

“We work hard at being a pedestrian-safe community,” said Davidson Police Chief Jeanne Miller. “We will assist the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department with this investigation so we can help prevent such tragedies in the future.”

The CMPD Major Crash Investigation Unit responded to the scene and conducted the investigation.  Any person who witnessed the crash or has information about the case is asked to call Detective Sammis (704) 336-8862 or Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600.

“Our core values state that ‘Davidson must be a safe place to live, work, and raise a family, so the town will work in partnership with the community to protect lives,’” said Woods. “We will continue our push for enhanced pedestrian safety all over town.”

Lake Norman Area Mental Health Resources
Carolinas HealthCare System Behavioral Health, Davidson
Phone: 704-801-9200 
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 2/8211 
Website:  Mental Health Association of Central Carolinas 
Phone:  704-365-3454 

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 
Website:  Mecklenburg County Mobile Crisis Team 
Phone: 704-566-3410 – press option 1 to speak to a live counselor 

No recommendation, representation or warranty of any kind is given by the town, expressly or by implication, regarding any person or company on this list.  You should use appropriate care whenever you select a healthcare provider, whether from this list or from any other directory, such as the Yellow Pages.  

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