Two people killed in separate early morning crashes
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Two people were killed early Sunday morning in two separate wrecks in North Charlotte.
A passenger in a car driven by a 15-year-old was killed in a single-car wreck on NC 29 near the Cabarrus County line around 12:30 a.m. About two hours later, in a separate crash, a 19-year-old driver was killed when he lost control on East W. T. Harris Boulevard.
In the first crash, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say a 15-year-old boy was speeding southbound, on NC 29 (North Tryon Street) near the Cabarrus County line. His car crossed the centerline and struck a utility pole. The 1992 Honda Civic was sheared in two. A passenger, Tristan Robert Nichols, was rushed to the hospital, but died a short time later. The 15-year-old had minor injuries; two other passengers were hurt. Police say speed and alcohol were contributing factors.
The 15-year-old has been charged with driving while impaired and driving after consuming alcohol under 21 years of age. Police say additional charges will be filed in connection with the crash.
In the second fatal accident of the night, two 19-year-olds were speeding down East W. T. Harris Boulevard, when the driver lost control in the 1001 block, skidded off the road, went airborne, through some trees and rolled several times. The driver, John Dixon, was thrown out of the 2006 Chevy Cobalt, and was killed. He was not wearing a seatbelt.
The passenger, Travis. Newell, was taken to Carolinas Medical Center, where he is expected to recover.
Police say speed and alcohol are factors in this crash also.