Police: Alcohol suspected in deadly north Charlotte wreck

Caroline Hicks | WBTV
Caroline Hicks | WBTV

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A person killed in a single-vehicle wreck in north Charlotte Tuesday morning has been identified by police as 44-year-old Kutana Vanessa Nesbitt.

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, the deadly crash occurred in the 1200 block Atando Avenue near Timeplanner Drive just after 12:30 a.m. Once on scene, officers said they found a 1996 Buick that was off of the roadway.

Police believe the driver, later identified as Nesbitt, was traveling east on Atando Avenue and heading near a curved section of the roadway. Nesbitt then drove off the road to the right and struck a raised curb, according to officers. Nesbitt then reportedly struck a tree and overturned, police say.

MEDIC pronounced Nesbitt dead on scene, officers say. One passenger was taken to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center with serious injuries and two others received minor injuries.

The road was shut down for some time while crews cleaned up tree branches and debris from the scene. The road has since reopened, officers say.

Police tweeted about the wreck just after 1 a.m.

Drivers were asked to take Graham Street and Norris Avenue as alternate routes while crews cleared the scene.

Police say speed was not a factor in the wreck but believe alcohol was a contributing factor for the driver.

Nesbit's family has been notified of her death. The crash remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 704-432-269.

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