Man With No CDL Faces Decades in Prison After Killing Police Officer While Driving Big Rig

Charlotte, NC — A North Carolina man has been indicted by a grand jury on multiple charges in connection to a big rig crash that killed a police officer last month.

According to the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s office, Daniel Leon Morgan, 50, of High Point, NC, has been indicted on multiple charges, including involuntary manslaughter, misdemeanor assault by a deadly weapon and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.


The charges stem from a tragic crash on Interstate 85 in the early morning hours of Wednesday, December 22.

Investigators said Morgan was operating a 2020 Volvo VNL southbound when around 3:40 a.m. he failed to move left to a single lane that was open after a previous accident had resulted in lane closures.

Morgan did not reduce his speed and collided with four Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) vehicles — which were on-site investigating the earlier crash involving another semi-truck.


Morgan’s Volvo struck 33-year-old CMPD Officer Mia Goodwin, who was killed at the scene.

In addition, three other officers — Shannon Foster, Sean Husk and Jackson Buffington — sustained minor injuries.

According to police, Morgan was tested for impairment at the scene, but was found to not be under the influence of intoxicants at the time of the crash.

He was, however, cited for displaying a fictitious registration plate on the semi, and knowing the same to be fictitious, police said.


Court documents also reveal Morgan allegedly attempted to flee the scene following the crash and “removed a tracking device from the dashboard to hinder the investigation.”

Officials also said Morgan does not hold a valid CDL.

If convicted on all charges, Morgan could face up to 20 years in prison.


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