CHARLOTTE, NC (Joe Marusak/The Charlotte Observer) - Help is pouring in for a 3-year-old girl whose mom died in a wreck in south Charlotte early Sunday
Mary Elizabeth Stephens Brooks, 33, was a passenger in a car that hit a large tree on Runnymede Lane near Barclay Downs Drive just after 1:15 a.m., Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
"The vehicle was split apart and continued on, striking three other trees and overturning," police said in a press release.
The driver, 29-year-old Matthew Michael Harvie, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. He was charged with felony death by vehicle, driving while impaired and reckless driving, police said.
The car's speed at the time of the crash was "well above" the speed limit on that stretch of Runnymede Lane, police said.
Brooks was a Charlotte native, a real estate agent and a single mom whose life revolved around "the love and care of her precious daughter, Collette 'Coco' Vickery Brooks," according to her obituary.
"We all know that Mary would want to make sure her daughter has the support she needs moving forward at this time," friends who started the effort wrote on YouCaring. "While we know she will continue to be surrounded by amazing family and friends, we would like to set up a fund to allow those who wish to, to contribute financially.