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81-year-old killed after vehicle hits multiple objects in crash near Carowinds

The collision happened on Carowinds Boulevard at Best Day Boulevard, near Carowinds amusement park.
Published: Oct. 19, 2021 at 7:13 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – CMPD responded to a fatal crash early Tuesday morning in southwest Charlotte.

The collision happened on Carowinds Boulevard at Best Day Boulevard, near Carowinds amusement park and close to the North Carolina-South Carolina state line around 5:28 a.m.

Eddy Wilbanks, 81, was identified as the victim killed.

According to detectives, Wilbanks was driving a 2015 Kia Soul on Choate Circle when he crossed over Carowinds Blvd onto Best Day Blvd and struck the front end of a 2018 Audi Q7.

Wilbanks continued driving on Best Blvd when he ran off the road to the right and struck a tree and fence on property owned by Carowinds. His vehicle then rotated and began to accelerate backward and crossed back onto Choate Circle a second time before running off the road and traveling down an embankment before colliding with a building.

Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors for Wilbanks but results are pending.

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