Police: 1 dead, 3 injured in east Charlotte drunk driving crash

At least one of the three is being treated for life-threatening injuries.
According to MEDIC, it happened around Central Avenue between Eastcrest Drive and Briar Creek Road.
Published: Mar. 19, 2023 at 9:11 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are investigating a deadly crash in east Charlotte Saturday night.

According to MEDIC, it happened around 8 p.m. along Central Avenue between Eastcrest Drive and Briar Creek Road.

Police said that when they arrived, they found a Nissan with heavy damage on the front passenger side in the roadway. Another vehicle, a Hyundai, was pinned between a power pole and embankment and also seriously damaged.

The Nissan’s driver, Alejandro Gomez, and front passenger were taken to Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center but weren’t seriously injured.

The driver of the Hyundai, Kendall Ross, died at the scene.

Ross’s front-seat passenger, Lillian Hennes, was cut out of the car and taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

According to detectives, Gomez was speeding and went into the right lane of Central Avenue when going around a curve. His car rear-ended the Hyundai, making it run off the right side of the road and hit the power pole.

Gomez was also found to be impaired.

He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, felony death by vehicle and reckless driving.

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