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Police: Speeding competition or fooling around led to fatal crash

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

The two vehicles never collided with each other but Police say a driver was charged in the fatal crash because of the manner in which he was driving. They say 18 year old Uriel Flores was a participant in the crash.

The wreck happened last week at Sharon Road West near Hopeton Road.

A red Mercury, crashed into a utility pole, killing 19-year-old Shaquise Sharvelle Bush.

Three-year-old Jayden Bush, a 21-year-old passenger, an 18-month old and a 22-month old were all taken to Carolinas Medical Center.

Three-year-old Jayden Bush died at the hospital just after 3 p.m. Monday. The two other children belong to the injured woman, police say.

Witnesses and police sources told WBTV the car and a truck were seen racing down the road prior to the crash.

Police say witness statements indicate there was either a speeding competition or some sort of fooling around and one vehicle crossed the center line. Police say that led to the other car going off the road.

Uriel Flores, who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and felony hit and run, claims his truck never hit the other car.

Police say there doesn't have to be contact in order to be a hit and run.

The crash was so horrific - several people called 9-1-1 - including a woman who found the baby that was in the car that slammed into the utility pole.

Witnesses described the moments just before the collision.

"There was a white truck in front of me. We were in the far left lane and all of a sudden he just started speeding," said eyewitness Melanie Sims.

Late Wednesday, police released a picture taken from a traffic camera at the corner of Sharon Road West and Hopeton Road. It showed the white truck and Mercury Sable side by side.

Police say Flores was driving the truck.

Flores turned himself into authorities and was charged with involuntary manslaughter and felony hit and run.

On Tuesday, he was given an additional involuntary manslaughter charge in the death of Jayden Bush.

In a telephone interview with the Spanish speaking newspaper – Que Pasa Mi Gente – Flores says "he's innocent, that he didn't do anything."

Flores' mother told the paper her son says he heard an impact, looked in the mirror and a saw a cloud of smoke. She says according to Flores, he braked and called police. The woman says her son's vehicle is intact and doesn't have a scratch.

Police tell WBTV they informed Flores that just because he didn't make contact - doesn't mean he's not responsible.

Flores is still in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office.

Police say Bush and Flores did not know each other.

Investigators say two children were in car seats and one was in a booster seat. None of them were properly installed and the child in the booster seat should have been in a regular car seat.

The investigation into the crash continues.  Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Major Crash Unit at 704-432-2169.

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