Uber Driver Says he 'Blacked Out' Before Deadly Crash That Killed Passenger


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An Uber driver told investigators he "blacked out" before a deadly crash that killed in a passenger in Charlotte earlier this month.

Geoffrey Douglas Adams was driving an Uber customer inside a 2014 BMW 535i when the vehicle crossed the center line, struck a pole and trees before spinning back out onto the roadway, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. 

Adams told officials he "blacked out" and does not recall anything about the crash, according to search warrants obtained by WCNC Charlotte. He also told investigators he has a heart condition and has had two previous episodes of losing consciousness. 

Investigators noted in their warrants that medical staff could not confirm nor deny his claims.

Data obtained from the car after the crash revealed the BMW was traveling about 65 mph five seconds before the crash. The accelerator was then applied with 100% throttle until impact reaching a speed of 79 mph, according to investigators.

The passenger, identified as Konjit Yohannes Frangulis, was ejected from the vehicle during the crash. Frangulis, 40, was pronounced dead on the scene by Medic.

Investigators determined Frangulis was not wearing a seat belt.

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