A 21-year-old man was killed and a young woman who was an unlicensed driver was arrested after they took part in a street race in East Charlotte on Thursday night.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Daniel David Knapp died at the scene after his Jeep ran off the road and crashed into a tree.
The accident happened around in the 10300 block of Parkton Road 10:40 p.m.
According to police, Knapp was racing against 20-year-old Amy Michelle Linares, an unlicensed driver who was driving a Volkswagen Jetta. The two were reportedly going at 80 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone.
Linares was taken to a hospital as a precaution following the accident.
Police arrested and charged her with involuntary manslaughter as well as willful speed competition, no liability insurance, no operator’s license, and fictitious registration.
Police said speed contributed to the crash and impairment was not suspected.
The accident remains under investigation and anyone who has information about it is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or Detective Pressley at 704-432-2169.
On average, unlicensed drivers are responsible for around 8,400 deaths in the United States annually. A study carried out by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, found that drivers without a valid license caused a fifth of all vehicular accidents.
Research also shows that in half of all accidents involving unlicensed motorists, the drivers were between the ages of 21 and 34.
Unlicensed drivers are more likely to be on the road late at night or early in the morning, possibly to avoid detection.
If you were involved in a crash caused by an unlicensed and uninsured driver or you lost a loved one in this way, you may still be able to claim compensation. A North Carolina car accident lawyer can help you with your case.