Speed, impairment suspected after two 20-year-olds killed, two injured when car hit tree, caught fire in Charlotte

The crash happened on Colville Road in the Eastover neighborhood.
Published: Aug. 1, 2021 at 3:37 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 2, 2021 at 2:02 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Police say speed and impairment are suspected in a crash that left two people dead and two people injured when a car hit a tree and burst into flames in Charlotte Sunday morning.

The crash happened on Colville Road around 2:20 a.m. Officers responded and found a severely damaged and burning Mercedes station wagon and its four injured occupants.

The driver was pronounced dead on scene by Medic while still in the vehicle. The left rear passenger was removed from the vehicle by the other two passengers, but he too was pronounced dead on scene by Medic.

The right front and right rear passengers were transported to Atrium Health Main with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say the initial investigation revealed that 20-year-old Robert Walker was the driver and 20-year-old Henry Huntley Melvin was the left rear passenger.

The investigation shows that the vehicle was headed north on Colville Road near Twilford Place at a high rate of speed. It lost control and struck the curb to the right several times. It then went off the curve on Colville Road and ran off the road to the right. It hit a set of brick steps and then a tree before catching on fire.

According to CMPD, excessive speed appears to be a factor for the driver. Impairment is also suspected, and test results are pending. There were no known witnesses to the crash.

Any person who witnessed the crash or has information about this case is asked to call detectives at 704-432-2169 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. The public can also visit the Crime Stoppers website at

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