Driver Charged in Deadly Single-Vehicle Crash in Charlotte, North Carolina
CHARLOTTE, NC. – According to an online news story at wsoctv.com, a driver has been charged in connection with a single-vehicle wreck in Charlotte, North Carolina. The passenger in the vehicle died after the car crashed into a tree.*
The wreck occurred at the intersection of Archdale Drive and Ashcrest Drive in south Charlotte. It is not yet clear which street the vehicle was traveling on before the crash or how the crash occurred. It appears the driver was speeding and lost control of the vehicle while trying to negotiate a curve in the road.
The vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a tree. The passenger in the vehicle was ejected and died at the scene. It is not clear if he was wearing a seat belt at the time. He has been identified as 19-year-old Faustino Israel Ponce Romero. Romero’s city of residence was not reported.
It is not clear if the driver was injured in the crash. The driver, 21-year-old Jose Mario Mejia Gutierrez (city not reported), was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless driving, and not having an operator’s license.
Neighbors told reporters that the site of the crash was at a bus stop, but the school bus was late that day, so no children were in the area at the time. Photos from the scene show a mangled white vehicle near a walkway by a tree. The type of vehicle, make, and model cannot be discerned from the accident photo because the car is so badly damaged.
The case is still under investigation, and no further information has yet been released.
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