Today the Matthews Police Department announced charges against the driver of the vehicle involved in a fatal hit-and-run that occurred this past Monday.
Warrants have been obtained against Sawan Alshabani, 54, of Charlotte, for the following:
One (1) count of first-degree murder
Two (2) counts of attempted first-degree murder
Two (2) counts of assault with a deadly weapon
Investigators believe that on Monday, October 14, 2019 at approximately 10:11 a.m., Alshabani intentionally struck 79-year-old Vira Nahorna of Charlotte in the Aldi parking lot, located at 555 W. John Street, Matthews. Alshabani also allegedly attempted to strike four other people prior to leaving the scene of the incident.
Nahorna was transported to an area hospital where she later died of her injuries.
Alshabani made contact with the Matthews Police Department approximately one hour after the incident and officers responded to her location. She has been held under medical evaluation since Monday. She will be formally charged and transported to the Mecklenburg County Jail upon her release.
The subsequent investigation into the incident indicates this was random and isolated, and there is no known connection between Alshabani and any of the victims.
This remains an ongoing investigation but there is no indication of any ongoing threat to the community.
No other injuries were reported and the identities of the other victims will not be released.