MOORESVILLE – On Friday, April 14, at approximately 2:00 a.m., the NC State Highway Patrol responded to and investigated a fatal collision in Iredell County on I-77 near Brawley School Road (Exit 35). A stolen 2021 Kia Seltos traveling south on I-77, was being pursued by the Mooresville Police Department. The Mooresville Police Department deployed stop sticks, to stop the vehicle. The Kia struck the stop sticks and came to a stop in the southbound toll lane. The driver of the Kia exited the vehicle, jumped across the concrete barrier of the toll roads, and was struck by a Toyota Tacoma traveling in the northbound toll lane.
The driver of the Kia, Kameen Odai Thomas, 22, of Conyers, Georgia, succumbed to his injuries at the scene. A passenger in the Kia, also exited the vehicle and was not located.
The driver of the Toyota was not injured.
During the on-scene investigation, both lanes of I-77 were closed for approximately three hours.