CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A driver is facing several charges including a DWI after a fatal northeast Charlotte crash Monday, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
Officers responded to North Tryon Street around 2 a.m. after a single-vehicle crash. Upon arrival, officers found an extensively damaged Cadillac Escalade in the roadway along with two people. Medic immediately started to perform life-saving aid.
The driver, identified as 24-year-old Alejandro Gonzalez Vega, was transported to Atrium Health Main with minor injuries. The passenger of the Cadillac, identified as 23-year-old Ricardo Ramirez Gonzalez, was pronounced dead on the scene by Medic.
Through an investigation, detectives determined that the Cadillac was traveling at a high rate of speed on North Tryon Street towards East Sugar Creek Road. Vega lost control of the vehicle, ran off the road to the right, struck two power poles which caused the vehicle to flip. Both Evidence indicates that neither Vega nor Ricardo were wearing their seatbelts. Inside the vehicle, officers found several containers of alcoholic beverages. Police determined that Vega was impaired by alcohol at the time of the wreck.
Vega was then charged with DWI, according to CMPD. After he was released from the hospital and interviewed, police said Vega was additionally charged with felony death by vehicle, reckless driving, and driving while license revoked.
The investigation into this collision is active and ongoing.
Anyone who witnessed or has information about the crash should contact Detective Mercedes at 704-432-2169, extension 5. The public can also leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.