A 16-year-old girl was killed in a single-vehicle accident in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday and the 15-year-old driver is facing criminal charges.
The accident occurred close to the junction of Sardis Road North and Charter Brook Lane.
When police responded to the scene around midnight, officers found that a Toyota SUV had crashed into an electricity pole and rolled over.
The backseat passenger, Lucy Cameron Wiley, died at the scene.
The juvenile driver was also injured and taken to Atrium Health Main for treatment. She was arrested and charged with reckless driving, driving while intoxicated, felony death by vehicle, and felony serious injury.
Police said she was released into the custody of her parents.
Officers revealed that the major contributors to the accident were excessive speed, alcohol, and possible drug use.
Investigators said the driver of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 was speeding as they drove west on Sardis Road North when the vehicle ran off the road to the right, hit the pole, and rolled.
The vehicle was occupied by the driver, Wiley, and another passenger who is also a juvenile.
The front seat passenger was also taken to hospital.
Everyone in the vehicle was wearing a seatbelt.
Sardis Road North had to be closed for hours as police carried out investigations and worked to repair the power lines.
Anyone who saw the crash or has more information about what happened has been asked to call Detective Kupfer at 704-432-2169 Ext#1.
Individuals who wish to remain anonymous can also contact Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
Up to April 2020, 82,405 crashes had been recorded in North Carolina. These accidents resulted in 30, 942 injuries and 447 deaths. This is according to figures from the North Carolina Department of Transportation which updates its data monthly on two-month delay.
If you have lost a loved one in a crash or you suffered injuries, a North Carolina car accident lawyer can help you get compensation.