A six-year-old boy died after another vehicle traveling “nearly 100 miles per hour” on a North Carolina freeway collided head-on with a car on Saturday night, state police said.
The clash occurred around 9:28 pm on Highway US74 near Sparrow Springs Road, just outside Bessemer City, Gaston County, Trooper Rapiers told observers on Monday.
Pierce couldn’t confirm if the speed-violating vehicle was a drag race, but witnesses went on highway patrol and Audi in 2013 went east “very fast” with the Dodge Charger in 2016. He said he saw him moving. The speed limit posted on the highway is 55 mph.
According to Pierce, two vehicles came into contact near Sparrow Springs Road, causing Audi to lose control, cross the median strip into the westbound lane and collide with Nissan in 2016.
The boy and Audi’s driver were taken to the hospital with a life-threatening injury, Pierce said. The boy died early Sunday morning, Pierce said.
Audi drivers remain in danger at the hospital.
The Nissan driver, whom Pierce identified as the boy’s “father,” was slightly injured and was released from the hospital on Sunday night, Trooper said.
The boy and the Nissan driver did not share a kinship, but Pierce called the driver the “father’s figure” of the child.
Pierce did not identify the driver involved in the collision.
According to Pierce, another driver stopped and helped Audi get out of the car after it ignited.
Interviews are being conducted to determine if Audi and Dodge drivers were “voluntarily drag racing.” This states that piercing is a plausible scenario.
“I’m not saying it’s a drag race yet because I don’t know 100% certainty,” he said. “We don’t want to make a decision.”
Mr Pierce said soldiers would be prosecuted after consulting with the Gaston County District Attorney’s Office.
Residents near the crash site on Saturday say they often hear and see Vehicles that speed down the US74..
“I hear late at night, I hear more motorcycles and trucks, and things like races like that,” Zachary Brown told observer news partner WBTV.
According to a survey released earlier this month by The Charlotte Observer and Raleigh News & Observers Extreme speed In North Carolina, the number of places where drivers fly above speed limits by 20, 30, and 50 mph has increased dramatically. Law enforcement officers timed drivers to nearly 200 mph.
Speed-related accidents have killed more than 1,800 people in the state over the past five years.
Last week’s deadly head-on collision
The Gaston County case is the second case in which a child died after a head-on collision in the Charlotte area last week.
Allison Face Presley on the Indian Trail, 20 years old And her 3-year-old son, Aiden, was killed Observers previously reported when their SUVs crossed an oncoming vehicle on State Highway NC16 in Lincoln County and collided head-on with a pickup truck early Wednesday. The crash also injured the other two.
Presley may have fallen asleep while driving, the soldiers said. All occupants wore seat belts. Aiden was in a child seat, but soldiers say it wasn’t installed properly.