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Fatal accident in Charlotte blamed on speed, drinking

Authorities in North Carolina have reported that one person was killed and another seriously injured in the early morning hours of July 22 in a one-vehicle accident in Charlotte. Police believe that speeding and drunk driving contributed to the crash. The accident took place on Brown Grier Road at approximately 1:35 a.m. in the Steel Creek area.

Police responded to the scene between Griers Fork Drive and Gallant Lane after receiving a 911 call from an individual reporting that they had heard an accident. They discovered a car that had left the roadway and struck a tree. Officers say that the woman behind the wheel of the car had likely lost control as she attempted to negotiate a curve in the road. Emergency response personnel transported the driver to the Carolinas Medical Center with what were described as serious injuries. A 43-year-old man who had been a passenger in the car was pronounced dead at the scene.

Area residents say that excessive speed is a common problem on Brown Grier Road, and they added that the posted 35 mph speed limit is widely disregarded. Police say that the driver of the car has been charged with driving on a revoked driver's license and driving while impaired. They added that more charges may be forthcoming as their investigation progresses.

The penalties for drunk driving can be severe in North Carolina when an accident results in death or serious injury. A criminal defense attorney may closely scrutinize police and accident reports as well as witness statements to see if an accident may have been caused by factors other than impairment. Such factors could include the negligent actions of other drivers or treacherous road conditions. An attorney could also dispute the accuracy of blood or breath tests results used to establish a motorists level of intoxication.

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