Uber driver facing charges, banned from app after passenger killed in crash

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An Uber driver is facing charges after his passenger was killed in a deadly crash Saturday afternoon in east Charlotte, police said.

Officers responded to the scene around 1:30 p.m. on East W.T. Harris Boulevard near Delta Lake Drive.

According to police, the passenger, Konjit Frangulis, died at the scene. Geoffrey Adams, the 57-year-old driver, was taken to Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center. He is expected to be OK.

Investigators said Adams, who was driving a 2014 BMW, was heading south on East W.T. Harris Boulevard when he crossed over the raised concrete median into the northbound lanes.

He then ran off the road onto the grassy shoulder before hitting a utility pole and two trees. The car then came back into the northbound lanes before stopping.

Authorities said Frangulis, 40, was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the car during the crash.

Officers said she was in the car after ordering a ride with Adams using the Uber app.

Police said Adams wasn’t impaired but was charged with reckless driving and misdemeanor death by a vehicle.

Uber sent Channel 9 the following statement after the crash:

“Our hearts go out to the rider and her family. The driver has been banned from the app and Uber is cooperating in the police investigation."

No other details have been released.

This is an ongoing investigation. Check back with wsoctv.com for updates.

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