CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Two people were killed during a south Charlotte crash early Sunday morning, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
Officers responded to Colville Road, off of Providence Road, around 2:30 a.m. after a report of a serious injury crash involving a vehicle striking a tree and catching on fire. Upon arrival, officers found a severely damaged and burning 2019 Mercedes E450 station wagon along with four injured occupants.
Robert Walker, the identified driver in the one-car crash, was pronounced dead at the scene by Medic while still in the vehicle. The left rear passenger, identified as Henry Melvin, was removed from the vehicle by the other two passengers, but he too died at the scene, according to police. The other two passengers were transported to Atrium Health Main with non-life threatening injuries.
The investigation shows that the vehicle was traveling north on Colville Road near Twilford Place at a high rate of speed. It lost control and struck the curb to the right several times, according to a news release. It then exited the curve on Colville Road, and ran off the road to the right. It struck a set of brick steps and then a tree before catching on fire, Charlotte police said.
Excessive speed appears to be a factor for the driver, according to police. Impairment is also suspected, and test results are pending.
Any person who witnessed the crash or has information about this case is asked to call Detective Pressley at 704-432-2169 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. The public can also visit the Crime Stoppers website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.