Two Teens Dead After Wrecks Sunday Morning


by Audrina Bigos

CHARLOTTE, NC- Two Charlotte teens are dead after separate crashes in Charlotte early Sunday morning.

Police say speed and alcohol were involved in both wrecks. Nationally, the number of deadly teen crashes is on the rise.

Car parts, clothes and a cross are all that's left along North Tryon Street near Caprington Avenue where a wreck Sunday morning killed 17-year-old Tristan Nichols.

According to police, Nichols was riding with a 15-year-old driver and two other teens. The car ran off the road and hit a utility pole around 12:30 a.m.

The 15-year-old driver was charged with driving while impaired and driving after consuming under the age of 21.

The 15-year-old driver is in a juvenile detention facility. He's charged with felony death by vehicle, reckless driving and driving without a license.

According to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention, 22 percent of teen drivers involved in fatal wrecks were drinking.

The agency says 2,7000 young people die each year in alcohol-related crashes. 3,000 teens die in crashes because of texting and driving.

A second teenager, 19-year-old John Dixon III, was killed in a wreck along W.T. Harris Boulevard around 2:30a.m. Sunday.

Police say the teenage driver lost control of the vehicle and ran off the road. Investigators say speed and alcohol were involved in this crash too.

Dixon's car went flew over 150 feet through trees off the side of the road. His 19 year-old passenger made it out alive.

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