Officers not facing charges after chase ends in deadly crash in Asheville

Officials say the driver was identified as 32-year-old Darriann Waters and the passenger was identified as 30-year-old Maurice Jones.
Published: Sep. 23, 2023 at 6:52 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 27, 2023 at 6:43 PM EDT
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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (FOX Carolina) - The Buncombe County District Attorney’s Office announced officers from the Asheville Police Department won’t face charges following an attempted traffic stop early Saturday morning that left two people dead.

Officers said the incident began when they tried to stop a 2021 Dodge Challenger matching the description of a suspect vehicle on September 23.

According to officers, the suspect vehicle had fled the scene of an alleged assault that took place downtown.

While attempting to stop the vehicle - officers say they lost sight of it. However, they later found the vehicle nearby, down an embankment on Hilliard Ave.

Officials say they tried to render aid to the trapped occupants until EMS arrived, but the driver and passenger died on the scene.

Officials say the driver was identified as 32-year-old Darriann Waters and the passenger was identified as 30-year-old Maurice Jones.

Following the incident, Buncombe County District Attorney Todd Williams released the following statement.

Police say they’re still investigating.

If you know anything that could help with the investigation, contact the Asheville Police Department.