by: Natalie Pasquarella Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Police have charged a man in connection to a crash that killed a woman and injured four others in SouthPark.
Uriel Eduardo Flores, 18, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and felony hit-and-run.
Police have not said what role Flores played in the crash Wednesday evening. Officers said a Mercury Sable slammed into a utility pole at the intersection of Sharon Road West and Hopeton Road just after 6 p.m. Wednesday. The driver, 19-year-old Shaquise Bush, was pronounced dead at the scene. The front passenger, 21-year-old Shaquna Wilson, was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with serious injuries.
Three small children were in the back seat of the car. A 22-month-old girl and an 18-month-old girl suffered serious injuries in the crash. A 3-year-old boy was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with critical injuries.
Witnesses said the little boy was thrown from the vehicle. They rushed over to help the child and those still in the car. CMPD said the children in the car were in car seats, but were not properly restrained. Police say one was in a booster seat, the other two were in seats that were not secured properly.
“We pulled the car seat around the little girl’s leg so the other lady could pull her out from the front,” Jacob Gore said.
Officers searched for hours for a white truck that was seen leaving the crash scene. Police said Flores came to authorities overnight. They interviewed him and charged him early Thursday.
Flores is being held in the Mecklenburg County Jail under $50,000 bond. He will be in court Friday afternoon.
Police said based on what witnesses told them, and the crash scene, the cars were both traveling at a high rate of speed for that road.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
Eyewitness News is working to learn the relationship between the children and the two women in the car.
Witness recounts coming upon crash scene
"We just heard the bang and the explosion and came out here to help," Gore said.
Gore said as soon as he heard the crash, he ran out of his apartment and rushed over to the smashed car. When Gore got close, his mind was racing as he looked inside.
"Oh my God, got to help them pull the kids out of the back, uh couldn't see anything in the front of the car so, we were focused on the kids and that was it," Gore said.
Gore said three children, who looked to be only toddlers, were all buckled in their car seats, awake and crying.
Gore said a woman was awake in the passenger seat and another woman was unresponsive in the drivers' seat.
Gore and other neighbors said they hope the survivors are OK.
"I seen the kids and the mom leave to go to the hospital, so a little bit of relief there," Gore said.