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Police ID two in Jetton crash

20150802_071143-1Aug. 6  UPDATE. Cornelius Police have identified the driver and the passenger in the fatal crash on Jetton early Sunday morning. The driver was Andrew Mark Krolikowski, 24, of Huntersville, and his passenger Jason Ray Monroe, also 24, of Charlotte.  They were killed at about 1:30 Sunday morning after police gave up a pursuit that began near West Catawba and Bethel Church.  Their silver car was wrecked beyond recognition, its sheet metal scattered near burned trees.  At 10 am Jetton remained partially closed and a full-scale investigation was still under way. It was reopened about 11 am. Police released a statement (below) at 8:10 am.  The tragedy Sunday morning occurred on the inbound lanes of Jetton between Meta and the entrance to Jetton Park. A doctor who was at the scene at 1:30 am said it was terrifying and chaotic.  In 2008, two sons of race driver Doug Herbert were killed after a high-speed head-on crash a few hundred yards away on Jetton.

Unedited audio from police chase:


CPD audio of initial 911 call:

FROM CORNELIUS POLICE: “On Sunday, August 2, 2015 at around 01:27 am, a Cornelius Police Officer observed a vehicle for speeding in the 19000 block of West Catawba Avenue.  The officer attempted a traffic stop near the intersection of Bethel Church Road and Jetton Road.  The driver failed to stop and began to flee. As the driver approached the intersection of Jetton Road and West Catawba Avenue, the vehicle nearly struck the vehicle of a second Cornelius officer.  The driver continued traveling west on Jetton Road and a brief pursuit ensued.  Officers made a decision to cancel the pursuit and deactivated their emergency equipment. Officers lost sight of the vehicle but moments later located the vehicle crashed near the intersection of Jetton Road and Meta Road.  The vehicle had left the roadway, struck a tree and was fully involved in fire.  After the Cornelius Fire Dept. extinguished the fire, two individuals were located deceased in the vehicle. This incident is still under investigation and no further information can be released at this time. The names of the deceased will not be released until they have been positively identified and next of kin have been notified.”