Witnesses: Driver swerved, lost control of vehicle in deadly crash

by: Alexa Ashwell Updated:

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CHARLOTTE - One man died and another was seriously injured after a crash that shut down a major east Charlotte roadway for more than two hours Sunday.

Police said the Yoan Alberto Hernandez Tosca, 24, lost control of his car on Albermarle Road and struck a tree just after 1 p.m.

Firefighters had to pry Tosca from the car. He was pronounced dead soon after.

His passenger, 30-year-old Rangel Garcia Cabrera, may have been ejected from the car. He was also transported to an area hospital and is expected to survive his injuries, said police.

According to a release from police, Tosca was traveling at a high rate of speed, and started to weave in and out of vehicles that were traveling in the same direction. After passing several vehicles, Tosca started to lose control of the vehicle.

Police said Tosca over-corrected and began to slide sideways. The vehicle then slid off the right side of the road and struck a large tree.

Officers said both occupants were restrained in a seat belt at the time of the crash and that speed was a factor.

Authorities said it is unknown if alcohol played a role in the crash. Police said some of the crash was captured on a traffic camera. Investigators hope that footage will help in the investigation.

Traffic reopened around 3:30 p.m. Sunday.