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Friends 'heartbroken,' mourn victim of fatal head-on collision

Published: May. 30, 2015 at 1:13 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 29, 2015 at 1:13 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A head-on collision that left one person dead Saturday morning has friends and family heartbroken in Plaza Midwood.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say the accident happened at 8:20 a.m. in the 5000 block of Central Avenue near the intersection of North Sharon Amity Road.

According to police, 23-year-old Donovan Presley was pronounced dead on scene and another person was injured. Presley was reportedly not wearing a seat belt.

Presley was driving a Nissan Altima eastbound on Central Avenue and crossed the median just past Rosehaven Drive. When the car entered the westbound lanes, it hit a Ford F-150 head-on. The driver of the F-150 was taken to Carolinas Medical Center and was being treated for minor injuries.

Police say it appears that the Nissan was speeding, which may have contributed to the collision. It is unknown if alcohol was a factor.

Presley's friends say he liked to ride skateboards and bikes. They don't know what the reason for the deadly accident, they just know they'll never be able to see him again.

Donovan Presley was a skateboarder. He even began selling his own wax to skateboarders.

"Young entrepreneurial kid. He had a lot spirit. He had a lot of life left but heaven called him and heaven wanted him," Irena Robinson said.

He his wax out of the Armada skate shop in Plaza Midwood. "I met him here for the first time and I was like this kid so cool, this kid is wild," Robinson said pointing to the shop.

"I wake up this morning and I get a call like that, I hear news like that, it breaks my heart," Kevin "Surf" Mitchell said.

Surf and others say they want to do something to remember their friend. "We're going to do a huge bike ride for him," Surf said.

They say the deadly crash affected his mother and many others.

"Held his own bike races, the alley cat races, bringing something traditional Charlotte culture back to nowadays," Dexter Morris said, "The street culture and a lot of people are going to miss him."

Officials say they are investigating what led to the crash.

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact Detective R.C. Gormican with the Major Crash Investigation Unit or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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