Police are looking into a single-car collision in east Charlotte that took the life of a 14-year-old and left four other injured, according to the City Metro. It happened shortly after 2:30 p.m. alone Camp Stewart Road.
Police report that the 18-year-old driver was taking a curve on that road when he lost control of his SUV, over corrected and flipped a number of times. The driver and the front-seat passenger were both ejected from the vehicle. Neither of them were reportedly wearing a seat belt. The passenger was pronounced dead later at Carolinas Medical Center-University. The driver was reportedly seriously injured. The three passengers in the back of the SUV all suffered minor injuries. The driver has been charged with reckless driving and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.
Our Charlotte car accident lawyers note there were more than 185 people killed in crashes involving teen drivers in North Carolina in 2011. Teen drivers are some of our most vulnerable drivers out there. They have higher accident rates than any other driver and these accidents continue to be the leading cause of death for teens nationwide. Thankfully, North Carolina's three-stage licensing process allows teens to gradually gain exposure to complex driving situations, easing them into driving over an extended period of time. The limited learner's permit and limited provisional license are key steps. But this system is only effective if parents jump in to help enforcement and the education process.