Charlotte, NC – The Charlotte-Mecklenburg community is grieving the tragic loss of 10th-grade student Ella Lukse, a student at Providence High School. Ella’s young life was cut short in a devastating car crash that occurred just before 9 p.m. on a Sunday, at the intersection of Raintree Lane and Rounding Run Road.
The accident involved two vehicles, a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee and a 2019 Volkswagen Jetta. According to investigators from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD), the Jeep, driven by 17-year-old Gorden Ware Fleming, IV, was traveling south on Raintree Lane when it collided with the right side of the Jetta driven by a 16-year-old. The impact caused the Jeep to overturn, while the Jetta veered off the road and struck a tree.
Tragically, Ella Lukse, a passenger in the Jetta, suffered severe injuries in the crash. Despite immediate medical attention, she succumbed to her injuries, leading to an outpouring of grief from her school and community.
The CMPD investigation has revealed that excessive speed was a significant factor in causing the accident. While Fleming was not found to be impaired at the time of the crash, it was determined that he had consumed alcohol before the collision. As a result, he was arrested and charged with ‘driving after consuming under 21’ and ‘reckless driving.’ Authorities anticipate that additional charges may be added as the investigation progresses.
Gorden Ware Fleming IV Arrested (Source: WBTV)
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) issued a statement expressing their profound sadness at the loss of Ella Lukse. They shared their grief with Ella’s family, friends, and the school community, requesting that everyone keep them in their thoughts and prayers.
As the community grapples with this tragic loss, Providence High School is providing support to its students through a Crisis Response Team, offering grief counseling and assistance to those in need. The school acknowledges that sudden and unexpected losses like Ella’s passing can be difficult to understand and cope with, and they aim to provide support to both students and their families during this challenging time.
Principal Dr. Harrill expressed the importance of caring for and supporting each other during this period of grief, emphasizing that the school’s counselors will be highly visible and available to assist with grief counseling. Providence High School is committed to helping students and their families navigate the emotional impact of this tragedy.
Ella Lukse’s untimely death serves as a painful reminder of the need for caution and responsible choices when behind the wheel, particularly for young drivers. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg community mourns the loss of a promising young life and will remember Ella for the bright future she will never have the opportunity to realize.