• CMPD: Speed, alcohol contributed to overnight deadly crash


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said speed and alcohol were factors in a southwest Charlotte crash that left one person dead and another in the hospital early Tuesday morning.

    Officers said the crash happened in the 13800 block of Brown Grier Road around 1:30 a.m.

    Two people were in a 2007 BMW that wrecked and police said the passenger died at the scene. He was identified as 43-year-old Christopher Turner.

    The female driver, 22-year-old Lola Viola Patrice Porter, was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with serious injuries.

    Investigators said Porter was driving westbound on Brown Grier Rd. when she lost control of the car on a curve and ran off the roadway. The car then went airborne and smashed into a tree.

    Investigators said both speed and alcohol were factors in the crash and Porter was charged with DWI and driving while license revoked. Police said further charges are pending.

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