Police Suspect Speeding and Impairment Contributed to Fatal Charlotte Wreck

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Two people were killed and two others sustained injuries in a fatal Charlotte wreck that occurred in Eastover, on Sunday.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police believe that both excessive speed and impairment were involved.

At 2:27 a.m., officers responded to a report of a vehicle hitting a tree and bursting into flames in the 800 block of Colville Road.

On arriving at the scene, they found a 2019 Mercedes E450 station wagon which was on fire. Four people had been traveling in the vehicle before the fatal Charlotte wreck.

Police said the vehicle was going north on Colville at a high rate of speed and the driver lost control, causing the vehicle to strike the curb multiple times. The station wagon then exited the curve in the 800 block and ran off to the right. It hit some brick steps and a tree then caught fire.

The deceased were identified on Monday as Robert McElveen Walker and Henry Huntley Melvin, both 20 years old.

Police revealed that Walker was the driver while Melvin was sitting in the back on the left-hand side. The other two passengers removed Melvin from the vehicle but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Both of the deceased graduated from Myers Park High School in 2020.

The surviving passengers whose names were not released were taken to Atrium Health Main. Their injuries were not life-threatening.

Police said there were no known witnesses to the accident. Anyone who knows what happened has been asked to call Detective Pressley at 704-432-2169 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. They can also visit the Crime Stoppers website at charlottecrimestoppers.com/.

If your loved one died in a vehicular accident caused by someone else’s negligence or your received injuries, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a Charlotte car accident attorney for advice.

Source: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article253196098.html

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