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Woman waving knife dies after being struck by car on The Plaza, police say


A woman was hit by a vehicle and killed on The Plaza Tuesday morning, after officers found her waving a knife outside, police said.

The incident started at 6308 The Plaza, at a Shell gas station and convenience store. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officers from the North Tryon Division responded to a call for a woman who was seen waving a knife and threatening others around 7 a.m. this morning.

When they arrived, officers attempted to talk to the woman and investigators said she walked backward, away from the officers. Police said they asked the woman to get out of the street and did not have their weapons drawn, but the woman remained in the street. She was then struck by a vehicle on The Plaza and was pronounced dead at the scene.

At this time, it is not known if the driver of the vehicle will face charges. Police said both officers on the scene had been trained in crisis intervention, and the investigation is ongoing.

The Plaza is a congested area, and a bicyclist was struck by a car Friday evening on The Plaza. She died over the weekend, making Tuesday's incident the second traffic fatality on The Plaza in four days.

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Kenny is a Maryland native who began his career in media as a sportswriter at Tuskegee University, covering SIAC sports working for the athletic department and as a sports correspondent for the Tuskegee Campus Digest. Following his time at Tuskegee, he was accepted to the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program as a Marketing Intern for The NASCAR Foundation in Daytona Beach, Florida in 2017.