Another accident leaves one dead in North Carolina


The Major Crash Investigation Unit at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department has confirmed the death of one 27-year-old pedestrian, who met an accident last night at around 11:45 here at the Central Ave in Charlotte, NC.

Late Phuyel with his son.

The deceased, according to the Investigation Unit, is identified as Chandra Phuyel, who originally hailed from Samdrupdzongkhar district in Bhutan. Late Phuyel arrived Charlotte, NC on March 11, 2010 through third country resettlement program.

It is reported that late Phuyel, who was trying to cross Central Avenue, was hit and killed by a van traveling outbound in the 3100 block.

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police authorities, Phuyel, 27, was attempting to cross Central just before midnight when he walked into the path of a Honda Odyssey driven by 40-year-old Nga Phan.

A local paper reported that though the Medic responded immediately after the incident, but Phuyel died on the scene.

The driver of the Odyssey is reported uninjured.

Bhagi Phuyel, brother of the deceased, informed that two police detectives arrived his home early today morning to inform about the incident. Until this time the family members were unaware of the accident that occurred last night.

The accident spot. Photo/BNS.

Bhagi further added that the detectives informed the family members that a car driven by a woman hit late Chandra. Bhagi further quoted the detectives as saying that the dead body is kept at a nearby hospital.

Meanwhile, an emergency meeting of the Bhutanese community folks in Charlotte today morning decided to collect financial assistance to help the bereaved family with the cremation process of late Chandra.

The crash is under investigation by CMPD’s Major Crash Investigation Unit. Witnesses are asked to call Detective Kevin Allred at 704-336-8862.

Late Chandra, who is reported as mute and deaf, is survived by his wife, three-year-old son, six brothers, one sister and parents.

This second death involving pedestrian-accident occurred in less than a month in North Carolina—the other one in Raleigh on September 7, 2011 where a 68-year old Bhutanese died shortly after a sedan car hit him.


  1. This is another heart-breaking news during this period of Dashain. Just a few weeks past , Mr Poudel was hit in Raleigh. This type of accidents are repeating faster these days in the U.S. It has really saddened me, my family and the entire Bhutanese Community of Saint John, Canada.

    I ,on my own behalf and on behalf of Bhutanese Community of Saint John, express deep sympathy to the bereaved family and pray to God for the departed soul. May the departed soul rest in peace in heaven.

    Raghu Osti

  2. Really a sad news. I think i know mr. Chandra phuyel, when i read he was deaf.

    I on behalf of entire Bhutanese in Cleveland ,express deep sympathy to the bereaved family, let his departed soul rest in peace.

  3. This is one of the very sad news for all the bhutanese member.we are so sad to loose during
    This festivals time. We heartly express our deep sympathy to the bereaved family.
    Let his soul may rest peacefully.

    Sharey group atlanta.

  4. So sad to hear this shocking news again.
    May god give enough strength to the bereaved families to come up from this shocking incident.May the departed soul rest in peace.
    Community folks needs to be more pragmatic in giving directions and the rules as many innocent lives are taken away each time. It is high time for us to educate the innocent on various counts, like road crossing, driving, and other aspects.

  5. Sad to hear the untimely demise of a young guy who had been struggling hard to meet his two ends despite of his disabilities. May almighty god give courage to the whole family to withstand this irrecoverable loss.

    Rudra Kuikel

  6. I am so sorry to hear about Chandra. I only met him a few times but I could tell he was a good person and will be greatly missed by the community. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family and community. Please tell me if I can do anything.
    Anne and Steve Schmitt.

  7. I knew Chandra. And I know his family. I am deeply saddened to hear of this accident and extend my warm sympathy to the Phuyel family. Let us all offer them as much comfort and support as we can at this difficult time.

    Malcolm & Sharon Pass

  8. I will greatly miss Chandra and his wonderful smile, his remarkably positive attitude, and his always-helpful ways. He was truly an angel on earth and I believe he is in a better place amongst the best of the best. He will live forever in our memories. My deepest sympathies to Chandra’s entire family and the Bhutanese-Nepali community here in Charlotte. It was my great pleasure that I had the chance to know him through our weekly encounters distributing food to the refugee community through Refugee Support Services. May he rest in peace.

  9. I am shocked. I can’t begin to imagine how difficult this time must be for his family and the pain going through his friends and relatives. This loss will leave a great hole in their life.

    Hope, his soul will rest in peace in heaven.

    In addition to that, his unfortunate death is also the reminder to all of us to stop fighting and be open with love and respect to each other.

    God bless his family and all of us.

  10. It is so hard to believe and tolerate. Why we the bhutanese are victims where ever we move? Phuyel vai whom I know from very childhood as he was my neighbour, I really blame to god why? God bless his family and friends with spiritual power at this condition